Missile Defense booster fails to rise to the occasion.
The Missile Defense Agency’s Integrated Flight Test (IFT)-13C was aborted “after the interceptor missile experienced an anomaly shortly before it was to be launched.” The target, perhaps representing a North Korean ICBM hurtling toward a U.S. city, performed flawlessly.
As I wrote over a year ago,
While we’re at it, why don’t we award [the test vehicle manufacturer] the contract for the next ICBM? We’ve proven over and over again that their test vehicles can’t be shot down. Let’s put that experience to use.
Those target vehicles are untouchable. Put a big bomb on one, and we’re in business.
Seriously, though, we should all be concerned about the National Missile Defense situation. I totally 100% believe in the concept, and I am very happy to continue to funnel money into the project.
Unlike the F/A-22 fighter or the Comanche helicopter, this system could provide immediate, real-world, important results that cannot be achieved with existing systems. I don’t care if 398 trillion dollars goes down that hole. If San Diego avoids the Hiroshima treatment because of it, it will be the money best spent. Ever.
It’s just getting to the point where the damn thing works that seems to be the problem. I mean, the interceptor didn’t even miss, like it usually does. It didn’t even launch.
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