US missile defense waste of $250 billion


A recent failure in the US missile defense system where the interceptor missed the target means 30 years of research and around $250 billion in investment on the project have failed to yield any results.

In a Wednesday letter published by the New York Times, Yousaf M. Butt, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, writes the systemâ„¢s problems should be removed before spending any more money on it.

Å“In fact, the architecture of the planned Å“midcourse” missile defense is so inherently flawed that the laws of physics would have to be violated in order to correct its problems,” Butt said.

On July 5, an advanced missile-defense interceptor, fired from Vandenberg air base in California, failed to hit a long-range ballistic missile launched from an American Army test site at Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The tests are rigged as they are conducted in what the programâ„¢s director, Vice Admiral James Syring of the Navy, calls a Å“controlled, scripted environment.”

Å“The principal flaw is that any adversary capable of making long-range missiles can also make simple decoy warheads that could easily defeat the planned system,” the letter added.

The writer concludes that investing on such a flawed system only hurts American national security.

It has cost the US $34 billion to have 30 of the ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California.

Despite the repeated failures, the administration announced in March that it would increase the number of interceptors to 44 by 2017.

The additional missiles will be deployed in silos at Fort Greely, Alaska, where there are already 26 interceptors.


Republished from: Press TV

  • Jim

    But Ronnie Raygun promised us this pork barrel was necessary, and would save us from the ‘red menace’! Just like everything else in our government’s control, the entire project is a waste and the taxpayers have been scammed (once again).

  • MongoConfused

    I remember, over a decade ago, watching a launch from my parent’s back yard in Gardena, CA. It was not a typical Vandenberg launch, for it came straight down the coast, getting apparently brighter as it approached L.A. Then the fireworks, as it was exploded. The next day, we heard on the news that a target missile had been launched from Vandenberg, and successfully intercepted over Kwajalein. My father laughed for five minutes. In the late 1990’s, a software engineer for TRW went public that tests were regularly faked, since the battle management software for the system was nonfunctional. Apparently, it still is semi-functional at best..