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2. Do we need missile defense?Submitted by MikeChalberg on Mon, 2012-03-05 12:53
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A strong missile defense system theoretically protects the United States from the most dangerous missile attacks, including those armed with nuclear warheads. Today, a nuclear missile attack (even accidental) could eliminate a major U.S. city causing millions of deaths and untold damage to the economy. Additionally, a nuclear missile could be detonated higher in the atmosphere to cause what is called an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack. An EMP attack destroys all electronic devices in its wake, which would render our electrical systems, food networks, water supplies, transportation systems, and more useless. If that were to happen, millions and even tens of millions of Americans could die over the course of several months.
As missile and nuclear technology progress, so too must the defense technology, goes the thinking. Indeed, the National Missile Defense Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-38) states:
"It is the policy of the United States to deploy as soon as is technologically possible an effective National Missile Defense system capable of defending the territory of the United States against limited ballistic missile attack (whether accidental, unauthorized, or deliberate) with funding subject to the annual authorization of appropriations and the annual appropriation of funds for National Missile Defense."
Based on those arguments and a few others, detractors of missile defense argue against its further development.
Proponents, on the other hand, argue that if the most powerful nations in the world all acquire adequate missile defense technology, the threat of nuclear holocaust will decrease and a more stable international community should emerge. Additionally, they argue that the United States government has a Constitutional mandate to defend the country against all threats, including nuclear missile attacks. Furthermore, supporters of missile defense will argue that, as the chart shows, while the numbers of long- and medium-range missiles may be decreasing, more hostile regimes, such as North Korea and possibly Iran, are attempting to acquire more long-range missile capabilities.
Nuclear missile attacks may be accidental or unauthorized, and defenses should be put in place against them, supporters argue. Because of the potential devastation posed by a missile attack (nuclear or EMP), they argue that we should continue to develop the technology to be able to protect ourselves against rising threats and future challenges. (Source: Heritage Foundation)