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North Korea: What Next?

#81 User is offline   barmar 

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Posted 2017-October-05, 08:50

View PostZelandakh, on 2017-October-05, 06:47, said:

And thinking of 1983, whatever happened to the SDI?

Detente and the breakup of the Soviet Union?

Even if NK has atomic bombs, it seems like it will be quite some time, if ever, before they'd have an arsenal comparable to Russia's, which is what Star Wars was intended to protect against. I'd also like to think that our defensive monitoring has improved significantly in the 3 decades since then.

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Posted 2017-October-05, 09:28

View PostZelandakh, on 2017-October-05, 06:47, said:

And thinking of 1983, whatever happened to the SDI? A "star wars" style defence system would be rather useful right now.


It's quite incredible really that the world was made a safer place from nuclear attack in the 1980s by relying on the computer graphics of an appropriately-named Hollywood blockbuster and a bit of Reagan bluff.

And the latest about the current North Korean crisis is that Russian and North Korean diplomats have met in the last few days, and Vladimir Putin is urging the USA to 'back down' from a pre-emptive strike. Which prompts the question, why Russia and not China?
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Posted 2017-October-05, 13:51

JFK, for all his peccadillos, was a genuine peace-maker during a time of hawkish belligerence. He is the main reason, on this side of the Atlantic, why we are not glowing piles of rubble.

http://www.dailymoti...m/video/x5ugn2p
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Posted 2017-October-05, 14:57

View Postjjbrr, on 2017-October-05, 07:30, said:

Zel, THAAD?

The problem with this, as well as the arguably better Aegis system, is that it is designed to destroy missiles in their terminal phase rather than in boost, post-boost or midcourse. One of the key ideas of SDI was the ability to intercept ICBMs earlier than land-based systems can with a corresponding increase in safety and protection, particularly against the popular MIRV design.
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Posted 2017-November-12, 16:11

View PostThe_Badger, on 2017-October-05, 09:28, said:

It's quite incredible really that the world was made a safer place from nuclear attack in the 1980s by relying on the computer graphics of an appropriately-named Hollywood blockbuster and a bit of Reagan bluff.

And the latest about the current North Korean crisis is that Russian and North Korean diplomats have met in the last few days, and Vladimir Putin is urging the USA to 'back down' from a pre-emptive strike. Which prompts the question, why Russia and not China?

http://nationalinter...e-defense-12503

Good article.
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