Monday, October 18, 2021

Plans for a new U.S. missile defense system were rushed in haste

The seven-nation COVID-19 missile shield will be entering the final phase next month, and experts say they have no idea how the system will cope with an unexpected emergency in the new year. One expert in addition to a scary scenario (presumably involving Russia) offered a striking thought: What if North Korea miscalculates and fires some missiles in the United States and Washington simply responds by sending

additional planes to intercept? Again, the sky is the limit. On my program, NPR’s Science Plus, host Thomas Ricks, former Pentagon analyst Ray McGovern and former CIA analyst Elizabeth Saunders discussed the future of ballistic-missile defense. The program is not in the middle of a crisis, and its failure by itself would not pose a mortal threat. But the threat is that the U.S. could become even more vulnerable,

giving anti-ballistic-missile operators fodder for enemies of America. Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal.

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