We Have The Technology
We have the technology to build a
ballistic missile defense system that can defend the continental United States, Hawaii and
Alaska. At a cost of less than $2.5 billion (0.5% of the total military budget), it is
possible to deploy a limited system which can intercept up to 20 warheads launched from a
terrorist nation. The technology is mature enough to deploy within 3 years, including
spaced based infrared sensing sattelites, ground based radars, and the Command, Control, and
Communications (C3) System.
There are 3 candidate systems which will be down selected to one in October of 1996. The
first is the Navy ship based Aegis system which must be upgraded to intercept warheads at long
range outside the atmosphere. The second is the Army THAAD system which is under development.
The third is a proposal by the Air Force to use Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles
(ICBMs) as interceptors. A Kinetic Kill Vehicle (KKV) would be used in place of a warhead.
Each of these proposals however require the congress and the President to commit the necessary
funds to the program.
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