This is coolbert:
Field-expedient, jury-rigged, cheap and effective? All rolled into one? Sounds too good to be true!
"In the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Meyer Proposes an Intelligent Design for National Defense"
MISSILE DEFENSE AGAINST THOSE ICBM [INTERCONTINENTAL-BALLISTIC MISSILE] OF KIM IN KOREA AS AIMED AT THE U.S.
More or less copied in entirety:
"Our [U.S.] existing ground-based missile-defense systems are designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles during the later phases of flight. But missiles become harder to detect and destroy during later phases because they are colder, smaller, faster and capable of evasive countermeasures. Thus adding another layer of defense makes obvious sense."
"The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency recognizes the need for boost-phase intercept capability and is developing a laser-based system. But the agency acknowledges it won’t be ready to implement until 2023 at the earliest. A drone-based boost-phase system can be developed within 18 months — soon enough to make a difference in the current standoff with North Korea."
"Here’s how the new system would work: Drones would circle above the Sea of Japan at roughly 45,000 feet for shifts of up to 20 hours. Detection systems the Air Force already uses on surveillance drones would pick up North Korean missiles soon after launch. Once operators identify a missile on a dangerous course, new high-speed missile interceptors launched from the drones would destroy the ICBMs during the boost phase — ensuring that any debris would fall onto or near North Korean territory."
A MULTIPLICITY OF SENSORS DETECT A NORTH KOREAN MISSILE MORE OR LESS AT THE TIME OF LAUNCH, NET-CENTRIC DATA WITH INSTANTANEOUS ANALYSIS ABLE TO PROVIDE TARGETING DATA.
INTERCEPTORS OF THE ASAT VARIETY THAT ALREADY EXIST AND IN THE INVENTORY ENGAGE AND DESTROY? THIS IS NOW?