The US has held two critical summits now with North Korean leadership. We probably also need summits with China and Russia, but such talks are not even on the horizon. The bottom line: "missile defense' has now morphed into alarming new fields that the West is not ready or fully able to defend against - including space and laser attacks on global navigational systems; disabling of US or NATO hospital and other critical power and communciations backbones; and hypersonic "everything' to bring UAV and warheads into almost unbeatable, fluid and changeable flight trajectories.
When the odds are stacked against you, or the risk or outcome is unacceptable
even if you win;
change the game.
Systems like Thaad and Iron Dome are only effective when the attack origin is known in advance.
Every current missile defense system must pause to reload, and is untested against a large-scale attack.
Every missile defense system also assumes a weak, passive posture: letting our enemies attack first. Always a huge risk.
Five years ago America was ahead of the game. Today, hypersonic advances by China and Russia given them dynamic trajectories and blazing speed too much for conventional Western defense to match with 100% accuracy.
Would our current Western missile defense "margin of error'
of 10% to 35% eliminate .. 38 million? 3 million? How would it go?
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