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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a
nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a
"Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed
considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense
initiatives more successful? Can such an application of
science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable,
necessary or impossible?
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- 02:42pm Oct 29, 2002 EST (#
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Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily (part 2 of 2)
October 29, 2002
Saudi Arabia Takes Steps To Acquire Nuclear Weapons
Virtually no purpose would be served equipping the systems
with conventional warheads, while chemical or biological
warheads would be able to serve as a deterrent to —
particularly — Iranian threats by targeting Iranian
Saudi Arabia had expanded the missile complex since 1995,
when a French Spot Image satellite photographed the area. The
Government had received deliveries of the CSS-2 in 1990 as
part of a deal reportedly for as many as 120 missiles and 12
King Khaled Military City is located near a Royal Saudi Air
Force (RSAF) base where Panavia Tornado fighters were
deployed. The RSAF reportedly controls the CSS-2 IRBMs, and
maintains two bases for the systems at al-Joffer and
al-Sulayel. The al-Sulayel site was given prominence in the
Israeli reporting, which drew attention to the Ikonos
satellite photographs of the facility located at coordinates
lat. 20°43'07"N and long. 45°35'01"E. That is approximately
27km North of the desert oasis of al-Sulayel, and consists of
a site support area and two launch areas located six
kilometers apart. More than 33 permanent and 36 semi-permanent
buildings were visible.
Only eight of the buildings were believed to have been
large enough to accommodate the CSS-2.
Earlier, on March 4, 2002, Defense & Foreign Affairs
Daily reported that the Israeli Government had moved to
develop an offensive capability "strategic triad" of missile
forces, naval and air forces to project Israeli strategic
power. This development specifically included the need for
Israeli forces to consider the strategic weapons use of the
Saudi ballistic missile capabilities.
[See Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, March 4, 2002:
Israeli Navy Begins to Take Its Place as Part of a Strategic
Force Projection Triad.]
- 09:04pm Oct 29, 2002 EST (#
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Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click
"rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for
on this thread.
Powell Sees Path to Iraq Compromise By THE
ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 6:37 p.m. ET' http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-US-Iraq.html
We need compromises that make human sense.
When National Security Adviser Rice wrote this, I believe
she wrote something profound and hopeful.
" Today, the international community has
the best chance since the rise of the nation-state in the
seventeenth century to build a world where great powers
compete in peace instead of continually prepare for war. . .
. . . The United States will build on these common interests
to promote global security. "
" The National Security Strategy of the
United States ," http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/20/politics/20STEXT_FULL.html
. page 2.
For that to be true - we need to make decisions based on
correct information , and the mechanisms responding to the
information have to be stable.
A while ago I asked for a chance to give a presentation on
a military matter, and wrote this:
"Some explosive instabilities need to be
avoided by the people who must make and maintain . . .
relevant agreements. The system crafted needs to be
workable for what it has to do, have feedback,
damping , and dither in the right spots with the
right magnitudes. The things that need to be checkable
" Without feedback, damping, and dither
in the right spots with the right magnitudes -- a lot of
things are unstable - even when those things "look good,"
"make sense" and there is "good will on all sides."
" . . . . Unless we get some things in
better balance - costs in money, blood, and trouble will be
much larger than necessary."
Here are discussions of balance. We often don't want things
to go off with a "bang."
9/19/02 3:34pm ... 4460 rshow55
Friction, or damping - - can be useful if you want
to keep things from overshooting the mark .
The fact that things are moving "slowly" and "with
difficulty" may be no bad thing.
For one thing, it takes time to reach reasonable decisions.
For another - sometimes, the only way to get to a stable
situation is slowly enough to prevent over-reactions.
It seems to me that there really is quite a lot of time - -
if we take time - - to do things right.
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