U.S. zaps target in high-stakes missile shield test

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Fight4Freedom wrote:

Despite the intentional devastation of the military by the Obama regime, the US military is still clearly the most sophisticated and capable armed forces in the world. Even though the terrorist in the WH bows to terrorists and dictators who he admires and emulates, the US is still the beacon of hope for the oppressed. In typical lib fashion the terrorist in the WH takes credit for the accomplishments of the brave men and women he clearly detests and who put their lives at risk for our security and freedom.

Congratulations to the US military and its partners for its successful test while having to endure the hostile environment the affirmative action failure has created.

Jun 27, 2012 8:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rugeirn wrote:

“Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IB is the U.S. Navy’s newest interceptor of weapons that could eventually be tipped with nuclear, chemical or biological warheads.”

Hmmm. It’s supposedly designed to be an anti-missile system. It did it’s job in this test by pure impact. So tell me again why it needs to have a nuclear warhead? And just why does it need to have a chemical or biological warhead? And just why the military thinks we’re too stupid to notice this sick little shell game?

Jun 27, 2012 8:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CajunExile wrote:

The statement is incorrect.

“Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 Block IB is the U.S. Navy’s newest interceptor of weapons that could eventually be tipped with nuclear, chemical or biological warheads.”

The Standard Missile-3 Block IB is designed to intercept missiles that are tipped with with nuclear, chemical or biological warheads. It has a kinetic warhead to destroy its targets.

While Wikipedia is far from perfect it has a fairly good article on this missile.

Please correct the story.

Jun 27, 2012 8:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
owen1 wrote:

Successful “star wars” and all we hear from the lib media is chriping crickets. However, a failure like last sept is front page in the NYT. Hypocrites! Congratulations USN and Raytheon!

Jun 27, 2012 8:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ghost62 wrote:

you realize if that continues to work Oblammer will have to stop the program or sell it to all other countries to keep things fair.

Jun 27, 2012 9:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama will sell it to the Chinese for campaign money just like Clinton did.

Jun 27, 2012 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama will sell it to the Chinese for campaign money just like Clinton did.

Jun 27, 2012 9:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jns.esq wrote:

Pentagon! Whatever you do, do NOT reveal the technology to the White House. I don’t want to see it in the NY Times in the morning.

Jun 27, 2012 10:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USARealist wrote:

I have to give the President credit here for continuing this program. His liberal base would prefer the US to be defenseless.

Jun 27, 2012 10:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse

What happens to the nuclear warhead when its hit by another missile? – is the warhead automatically destroyed without any effect or is it being triggered albeit in the wrong place from the perspective of whomever is firing it?

Jun 27, 2012 10:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
likeaboss wrote:

All I have to say is that the commenters here are full of it. Sell missle defense designs for campaign contributions? Really? Liberals prefer the US to be defenseless? Really? There seems to be no end to Cons ability to fantasize hateful messages and then spout them off with gusto and conviction.

Jun 27, 2012 10:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
happydance wrote:

Don’t anybody tell the libs we have this. They’ll demand we dismantle it immediately.

Jun 27, 2012 10:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse

WTF!!

“…President BARACK OBAMA’S drive to guard NATO’s European territory from missiles …” !

“… OBAMA’S so-called Phased Adaptive Approach to missile defense in Europe …” !

Hey, Reuters! Do you honestly believe your readers are so stupid and gullible that they’ll buy into this nonsense of Obama’s ownership of this 21st century military accomplishment?!?!

Pfff … “Obama’s” my ass!

Jun 27, 2012 11:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

Now this is a good use of our defense dollars, IMO.

Jun 27, 2012 11:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

@USARealist & happydance, that is BS and you know it, yes there maybe a few on the extreme left like that, but that would be like me comparing you to birthers(assuming neither of you actually are one), just because you leaned right.

Jun 27, 2012 11:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyeatte wrote:

The test record success rate is 23 out of 28, which is very good and will only get better. Given the cost of a missile compared to the damage a nuclear-tipped ICBM would do, it is a grand bargain. If you have to fire 2, 3, or 4 missiles or more, to get a hit, you just do what it takes. Anything is better than a nuclear hit.

Jun 27, 2012 11:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mthead wrote:

well done Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
question: does this add to the space debris? or was it at such an altitude that debris re-entered atmosphere?

Jun 27, 2012 12:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
hemlockroid wrote:

No element of surprise what-so-ever.

Jun 27, 2012 2:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randy549 wrote:

Very cool, and indeed a grand bargain if it continues to prove successful.

Jun 27, 2012 2:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
scythe wrote:

more spin from lord captain thomson reuters to avoid the fact that the poor b*sterd middle class in america will eternally fund from their taxes this weapons fetish

about $10 billion a year? deficit rising …….

nice sales boost for boeing – how much did they pay for the article?

Jun 27, 2012 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

If you remember from just a few months ago, the magic zero is planning on fowarding information regarding this and other ABM programs to the Russians. When Medvedev was pressuring zero to release the info, zero (caught on open mic) replied, “I’ll have more flexibility after my election.” His intent is to give potential adversaries everything they need to defeat our defenses.

Jun 27, 2012 3:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
davec.0121 wrote:

Firstly, we should all be proud and happy that this program is proceeding so well. Unlike many programs, it appears to be well-planned and well-directed. However, I also notice that some people will use any forum at all to make ridiculous statements about Obama. It’s as if they are compelled to twist any news item into some sort of scurrilous comment about him, no matter how inane or inappropriate. For example, how has Obama “devastated” the military? There are cuts planned for several years from now, when we are out of the wars, but the military is still essentially the same as when he took office. As for coddling terrorists – unde Obama’s administration a lot more terrorists have been killed than Bush ever did. Al-Qaida has been decimated since Obama made the decision to significantly ramp up drone strikes. The missile shield? Bush’s idea was to deploy a handful of half-developed interceptors that even the military said weren’t ready. Obama instituted a phased program that will deploy significantly larger numbers of much more capable and reliable interceptors before our foes will have long-range missile capability. You fanatics should really try to temper your rants with facts, or else (preferably) find some different place to post your “comments”.

Jun 27, 2012 4:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
seagreen wrote:

The U.S. has poured money into this project for over forty years and it still is not capable of shooting down incoming warheads. I worked for Western Electric, the then prime contractor for SAFEGUARD, until 1970 when the guilt of getting paid for doing nothing got to me. Reagan changed the name to Star Wars, perhaps too protect the guilty.(At that time Raytheon was building the Sprint missile.) An attack will not be one missile with one warhead. The sky will be filled with real warheads, missile debris and fake warheads. The problem is deciding which one is an authentic target. We were shooting down single missiles over Kwajelin in the sixties. After untold millions have been spent,we are no closer to a working system. The only things sophisticated and capable are the defense contractors who will continueto fleece us as long as we are stupid enough to believe this drivel.

Jun 27, 2012 4:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USARealist wrote:

USAPragmatist – Respect your point – I am not a birther. However, I need not remind you how past GOP Presidents were SAVAGED by the left and the media (same difference) for expeditures on earlier concepts like this one.

Jun 27, 2012 4:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gangof4 wrote:

Romania is in Europe. North Korea is in Asia. Iran in in the Middle East. I doubt North Korean missiles and Iranian missiles headed to the U.S. would pass near Romania. So why do these defenses have to be placed near the Russian border? I’ve followed this story for years and no one has ever explained that. No wonder the Russians are paranoid.

Jun 27, 2012 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
the_Gaul wrote:

If at first you don’t succeed, lower the standards.

When the standards are low enough, then our worthy representatives can further inflate the deficit by stockpiling these generally useless Raytheon trinkets. But the military will have some shiny new toys to play with . . .

Jun 27, 2012 4:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

USARealist, Extremism on either side is bad, but when I look at the last 3 years, I think the extremism on the right has been MUCH more harmful and vitriolic then ever before. Mostly because the leadership of the GOP has not actively said, for example, that birthers are just plain wrong. Instead they waffle. Also the leadership of the GOP has taken to obstructionism to the a level un heard of in the past by either side, the record number of filibusters in the last Congress as a prime example.

Jun 27, 2012 5:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

“U.S. zaps target in high-stakes missile shield test”

Russia zaps Turkish Recon F-4 while Syrians radar operators eat Doritos.

Jun 27, 2012 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4677601 wrote:

Who knows . This could be one of President Reagan ‘StarWar’. It will be too late to find out if it works when the time come.

Jun 27, 2012 9:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gornisht wrote:

There is something wrong here. I just read an article from a prestigious political pundit, who says that the west should allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon to counteract Israel.
Using the same logic, why not North Korea as well? So why would the US. allocate dollars for military superiority? But hey, let us unravel the stupidity, and allow all rogue nations the same opportunity to have nuclear weapons. Then every nation will counteract each other!

More and more, is the ape doubting that he descended from man!!

Jun 27, 2012 9:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NeoHuman wrote:

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Fight4Freedom wrote:
Despite the intentional devastation of the military by the Obama regime, the US military is still clearly the most sophisticated and capable armed forces in the world. Even though the terrorist in the WH bows to terrorists and dictators who he admires and emulates, the US is still the beacon of hope for the oppressed. In typical lib fashion the terrorist in the WH takes credit for the accomplishments of the brave men and women he clearly detests and who put their lives at risk for our security and freedom.

Congratulations to the US military and its partners for its successful test while having to endure the hostile environment the affirmative action failure has created.
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I can not believe in how many different ways your comment/s (if one could call them thus) are just outright stupid…!!!!

I mean seriously…you ACTUALLY think this!

Get help man…get it now! I mean no disrespect but if you think Mr Obama is a terrorist, then you are more than clearly incompetent of sane thought.

More so when you say that when Mr Obama’ main agenda has been to want to truly wish to help – sincerely! That is something no president has ever done, as in contrast as to simply wish the presidency for powers sake as all and many have in previous generations with perhaps a small caveat here and there.

I wonder, when based on your obvious delusional mindset, how would you so innately and confidently name-call or paste a description on George’y Bush????

Jun 28, 2012 1:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NeoHuman wrote:

Oh Great…so now we have R-Sensorship! Pulease!

Jun 28, 2012 1:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
NeoHuman wrote:

Edit:

Damn iPhone key board.

“More so when ‘many’ say that Mr Obama main agenda has been to want to truly wish to help – sincerely! Not to say that he is perfect in any way of course. Yet in saying that, it would be something that no prior president has ever done, as in contrast as to simply wish the presidency for powers sake alone, as all and many have in previous generations with perhaps a small caveat here and there”.

Jun 28, 2012 2:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USARealist wrote:

USAPrag,
I somewhat disagree. Obama is not the first President to deal with opposition in Congress. Bush(s), Clinton and Reagan all dealt with opposing congresses – and all of them got results. You, like many, are overly focused on the far right bogeymen in Congress. Face it – Obama never had to move much to get a few GOP moderates on board – he simply has failed to lead.

Jun 28, 2012 9:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jkjacksonhole wrote:

A shield no matter how successfull it tests can fail. The failure could be catostrophic.

Its time to recognize risks and take appropriate action.

Jun 28, 2012 9:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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