“Proven and Reliable”

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

The next time you hear someone talk about deploying only “proven and reliable” missile defense systems; think about what I’m about to say for a moment. The first SLBMs the U.S. Navy deployed – the Polaris A-1s; had less than 50% reliability. That meant out of 16 SLBMs on a SSBN, only eight (at best) […]

Categories: ABM, Nuclear Weapons

ABM circa 1944

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

ABM is not some new exotic technology. The very first ABM system was in fact invented in 1944, and came very close to being operationally tested against actual V-2s. When the Germans began firing V-2s against England, the existing CHAIN HOME radar system actually could detect V-2s in the boost phase; and this gave the […]

Categories: ABM

What’s Old is New Again I

Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:35 am

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Navy quietly conducted studies of their own Sea Based ABM system (as in $3 million spent on studies; vs $4 billion on Nike-X); and proposed a purpose built, nuclear powered warship, of which an artist’s concept is below. The SABMIS concept would have mounted the missile detection/tracking radars, […]

Categories: ABM, Ships

And now, for an opposing viewpoint…

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

The proposed anti-missile sites in Poland and the Czech Republic appear to have been unceremoniously tossed out the window by the Obama administration. The static sites will be removed in favor of a “distributed, adaptable, and flexible” system that will be largely based upon the USN’s SM-3 missile. As a former sailor, I would be […]

Categories: ABM, Nuclear Weapons, Strategy

The Coming Problems with Navy Sea-Based BMD

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm

So it seems that Ground Based ABM, such as GBI, KEI, and THAAD are basically dead in the water, killed by a sleight of hand, and some murmurings about how a “proven and reliable” system is the only way to go forward. The big problem that all the other ABM systems other than SM-3 have […]

Categories: ABM