LA Times reports missile defense system “proves unreliable”

But don’t we get it? It doesn’t matter whether a weapons system “works” or not. In fact, better perhaps, that it doesn’t work, because then even more money will be thrown at it and/or it will be scrapped (another profit making enterprise, scrapping), requiring R & D for yet even more destructive weapons systems . . . The point is to make money, nothing more, for the fat cats of the weapons manufacturers, their bankster and government cronies. Whether that’s through “war” or testing for wars, or drills — doesn’t matter. Just so at least some of the weapons are used, then replaced, improved, and so on, ad nauseam. The engine of the U.S. economy is war, war, and more war. And to do that the public has to be kept in fear, fear, fear — distracted, compliant, confused, paying taxes, and reporting for “duty” (as either soldier or worker) to prop up the entire deeply unethical, utterly unsustainable, disgusting enterprise that is ruining the planet, numbing our minds and hearts, stealing our souls, and murdering and maiming countless innocents.

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Another launch Daniel Dreifuss / The Santa Maria Times A ground-based interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Jan. 26, 2013. The test did not involve an attempt to intercept a target.

40 billion dollar missile defense system proves unreliable

June 15, 2014

by David Willman

latimes

Excerpt:

Scientists conducting the test at Vandenberg on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, had left little to chance. They knew exactly when the target missile would be launched from an atoll in the Marshall Islands 4,900 miles away. They knew its precise dimensions, expected trajectory and speed.

Based on this and other data, they had estimated the route the interceptor’s heat-seeking “kill vehicle” would have to follow to destroy the target.
Within minutes, the interceptor’s three boosters had burned out and fallen away, and the kill vehicle was hurtling through space at 4 miles per second. It was supposed to crash into the mock enemy warhead and obliterate it.

It missed.

At a cost of about $200 million, the mission had failed.

Eleven months later, when the U.S. Missile Defense Agency staged a repeat of the test, it failed, too.

The next attempted intercept, launched from Vandenberg on July 5, 2013, also ended in failure.

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