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Russia has designed a "revolutionary" weapon that would make the prospective U.S. missile defense useless.

by Beast o Burden / March 29, 2004 9:34 AM PST
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Re:Russia has designed a

This sort of thing can cause a very dangerous situation. There is safety in a balance of technology, an imbalance like this could make the President to feel very threatened considering his responsibilty for all the American people. Sad

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Re: Russia has designed a
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 29, 2004 12:36 PM PST

Steve, the basis of detente was "MAD," or "mutual assured destruction." A missile shield destabilizes that, which is why there is a joint treaty between the US and Russia forbidding anti-ICBM technology except for local systems near Moscow and Washington. So the Russian project is NOT destabilizing -- it's widely believed that we will unilaterally break those treaties if we ever develop "Star Wars;" this new technology would simply return the situation to the status quo ante. What IS destabilizing is our entire Star Wars program (to say nothing of a horrific waste of money better spent otherwise).

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Waste of money, Dave...
by J. Vega / March 30, 2004 11:01 AM PST

After all, Dave, perhaps we should build things the way that we did with those new whiz-bang technology "stealth" aircraft that "magically" appeared. Figured out the "shell game" yet?

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Re:Time to re-align the spy satellites (nt)

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and the tooth fairy brings all good boys and girls...

Oh come on! Just how does this make a missile defense useless? Does anyone smell just a hint of exageration?

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Re:and the tooth fairy brings all good boys and girls...

Hi, KP.

Frankly, the missile shield is close to useless already -- so far, there's been one successful test (out of more than a half dozen) with "dumb" warheads when the anti-missile folks pretty much knew when and where the warhead was coming. it wouldn't take much to make this lemon yseless, and a maneuverable warhead supposedly would.

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Obviously, you don't know much about technology Dave.
by Kiddpeat / March 30, 2004 12:39 PM PST

The very worst thing you can say to a technologist is that it can't be done. The next thing you know; it's done. I'll bet people said it was foolhardy, and a waste of money to try to put a bomb through a selected window. I imagine the same things were said about missiles doing the same. I'm sure the experts said you could not shoot down a missile warhead in flight. I heard them! That was on the way to the Patriot Missile. I could go on, but I'll bet you can figure out the point by now.

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Re:and the tooth fairy brings all good boys and girls...
by C1ay / March 29, 2004 9:13 PM PST

Many approachs would make a missile defense useless. Good cruise missiles would do it for one. As Ian mentioned, suitcase bombs. Suitcase bombs could be atomic or chemical. Unmanned drone aircraft would be another approach. Don't try to think it's not possible just because it seems exaggerated.

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What I noticed, Kiddpeat...
by J. Vega / March 30, 2004 10:43 AM PST

Kiddpeat, what I noticed is that NASA just had a successful test of their "scramjet" (supersonic-combustion ramjet) which hit just over Mach7 on that televised live test.
Then TASS claims that Russia has a "hypersonic flying vehicle".

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nt) Not a new design at all. The "man with a suitcase" The fourth protocol.

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