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9. Does ICBM/long-range missile defense work?Submitted by MikeChalberg on Mon, 2012-03-05 11:57
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The long-distance ICBM defense is much more controversial. This advanced technology has remarkable defense potential, but is still very young. The anti-ballistic missile must be able to combat different types of approaching missiles at different altitudes and different speeds. Depending on the time of detection of an oncoming missile, the anti-ballistic defense missile must also be capable of hitting its target at various points in it trajectory.
Recently there have been several successful tests completed, but critics have long argued that the technology is something out of science fiction. When Reagan released his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) plan, its opponents quickly coined it “Star Wars,” a name that has stuck. Astrophysicist Yousaf Butt wrote a strong and concise critique of the current missile defense system.
Despite the current shortcomings of this defense technology, proponents point out that every president since Reagan has continued significant funding for it. Successful tests have been run and, if a bigger success rate is achieved, anti-ballistic missiles could become the U.S. Defense Department’s most treasured assets. To be sure, it remains much easier to hit a stationary target on the ground, but many believe that a more all-encompassing defense strategy is necessary in our volatile world.
For more details on the test records of the Missile Defense Agency, click here.