coming war between russia and u.s. - will we lose?
DrMarty | May 10, 2012 at 03:39 amby
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According to a letter obtained by the Associated Press, the nearly-completed National Academy of Sciences study of the Obama Administration's "Phased Adaptive Approach" ballistic missile system will conclude that the proposed system will not protect the United States, will cost billions of dollars more than projected, will be delayed, and that parts of the proposed project should be terminated.
In that, they join the Defense Science Board and the Congressional General Accountability Office in roundly attacking what is, in actual fact, not only a farce, but a strategic threat to Russia.
The Academy was asked a series of questions by House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee chair, Rep. Michael Turner (OH), and ranking Member, Loretta Sanchez (CA).
The Academy letter, dated April 30th, states that while Phases I-III will "provide an effective combined defense for allies and deployed U.S. forces" against short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile attack, Phase IV, (to include faster interceptors, which ARE a strategic threat to Russian ICBMs) "is not necessary for theater defense and is at best less than optimal for homeland defense."
The Academy points out the technical challenge to mid-course intercept, of being able to discriminate warheads from decoys and debris, once the payload has separated from the missile.
The study calls for terminating any boost-phase intercept (before the payload and decoys are deployed) projects, which they state will not work; terminating Phase IV; and terminating a new satellite-tracking system, which the authors state won't work, either. (In fact, only a space-based directed-energy satellite deployment would be able to intercept and disable missiles in the boost phase).
The Administration's Missile Defense Agency had no comment. But this pile-up of highly critical reports, by some of this nation's most knowledgeable experts, certainly exposes the Administration's representatives at the recent Moscow BMD conference as following a political, not a defense agenda.
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