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 [F] New York Times on the Web Forums  / Science  /

    Missile Defense

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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kalter.rauch - 04:42am Nov 13, 2002 EST (# 5697 of 5709)
Earth vs <^> <^> <^>

By the way, rshow, you should rethink your projected $20->$50 EMP grenades. Such devices will depend upon future advances in exotic, high mechanical strength conductors. Induction, and its prerequisites, is a mathematical reality...not easily amenable to Star Trek fantasies.

The reasons why the FCG is thought to be encased in large free-fall munitions has to do with such factors as how to balance coil winding spacing against the progression of the blast front of chemical explosives within the "bomb" casing. Tradeoffs in the theoretical induction of a given coil must be weighed against the near instantaneous survivability of such a coil to deliver a significant pulse before it self-destructs. This isn't a low-tech manufacturing proposition like pouring gunpowder into a pipe-bomb. The inductive time constants involved in delivering a devastating RF pulse are..."exquisite". really must avail yourself of even Schwartau's emotional projections to get a sense of what's involved. The Laws of Nature are quite immutable...though parametrically flexible.

lunarchick - 05:00am Nov 13, 2002 EST (# 5698 of 5709)

"They've adapted their tactics," he says, "and we've got to adapt ours." In particular, Myers argues, "intelligence flow has to be a lot more exquisite than it's been."

Environments are subject to continual change and adjustment.

The same within nations.

Certain types of leaders fit well with 'entities' at varied stages of development.

As change occurs the leader must adjust to it - if not the gap between people-needs and leadership choices and decisions widens.

With companies the Chief Commanding Officer (CEO) is changed as the company runs through varied phases.

    [Horses for Courses : We say when we want to get across the message that each person or thing is being employed for the purpose for which it is best suited.]
With nations the voters vote in Change.

Totalitarian regimes work for the in-group with power, and may forget 'the people' their true constituents.
The mis-match and gap widen over time.

lunarchick - 05:17am Nov 13, 2002 EST (# 5699 of 5709)

There's no such thing as 'security' ...

It's a 'social contract' between peoples and groups wishing to cooperate for the general good.

The weird thing about a 'war' mentality is that it looks to subjucation rather than people 'opting for' a philosphy that delivers for society.


Any reason why 'exit' polls weren't used at the last elections - USA.

The exit polls are a reference as to how the vote is going.

Say the exit polls indicated a swing or trend in the voting --- that later did not show via the count --- then there could be questions regarding tampering with the ballet boxes.

lunarchick - 05:27am Nov 13, 2002 EST (# 5700 of 5709)

Iraq - Iran

Didn't these both run together at one time ... what are the signicant differences?

almarst2002 - 05:58am Nov 13, 2002 EST (# 5701 of 5709)

lunarchick 11/13/02 5:27am

What do you mean?

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