Re: more national missile defense

Date: Sat Jul 01 2000 - 10:10:46 MDT

In a message dated 6/30/00 9:57:07 PM Pacific Daylight Time,

<< Anyone wish to speculate on the outcome? I predict a hit.
 Heres part of what the Post had to say:
 On July 7, an interceptor launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific
 will attempt to knock down a dummy warhead fired from Vandenberg
 Air Force Base in California. Key factors in the test include not only the
 ability of the "kill vehicle" to hit the dummy 144 miles above the Earth
 at a combined speed of 12,000 miles per hour, but also the ability of
 early-warning satellites to detect the launch and convey that information
 to a command and control center, which in turn sends the data to Kwajalein.
 (Washington Post) >>
For those of us old enough to remember the cold war and such drama's as
ABC's THe Day After, and the BBC's Threads; If the kill vehicle concept works
in a decent test, I say mazel tov. We need reliable alternatives to mutually
assured destruction; especially now that the main players are Pakistan and
India, who don't really care if
1/2 their populations perish. I mean, from their governments point of view;
who'd really notice? Certainly the standard of living for the survivors
wouldn't change. Jokes asside, the terror the world would experience might
make people more anti-tech.

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