I’m totally in favor of national missile defense. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Right? Right?
Anyway, while the big land-based program suffers massive cost overruns and non-failure failures on the launch pad, the Navy’s program seems to be progressing steadily:
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System has successfully detected and tracked an unarmed U.S. Air Force Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Aegis detected the missile when it rose above the horizon and immediately began BMD tracking operations. Lockheed Martin develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System for the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and also serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent.
I say if we’re going to keep shovelling money into the program we ought to send a little more the Navy’s way. Or maybe convert some of the decommissioned cruisers and destroyers to the BMD standard and drag them up onto shore to act as the land-based component.
What? It would be stupid to use grounded ships for missile defense, you say?
Well, we’re currently planning to use beached whales, Murdoc says.