Re: national missle defense (the old Russian answer to the problem)

From: John Clark (
Date: Mon Jul 03 2000 - 22:31:44 MDT

john grigg <> Wrote:

>the old Soviet answer to the problem which was to simply arm the defensive
>missle with a NUCLEAR warhead which would detonate as it got near the enemy
> missle!! You don't need dead-on accuracy if a nuke is used!!

That would work fine but only against the first warhead, after that you're in trouble
because you've blinded yourself. In addition to the very serious EMP problem you've
created a huge cloud of opaque plasma that lets anything sneak through unobserved.
The prospect of exploding "friendly" H bombs over your own territory is not terribly
inviting either.

The fundamental reason all these defensive schemes fail is that 55 years ago we
discovered a irresistible force, but unfortunately we never found an immovable object.

             John K Clark

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