Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Stop the expensive testing of an incompetent missile defense program
Recently, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test launched a missile into the air, hoping it would hit another missile as part of a simulation in case North Korea or Iran should attack. This $214 million test launch failed for the third time. However, even if it had been successful, there is no real-life application for this system since the intercepting missile team knew when to fire ahead of time, which is virtually impossible during actual periods of combat. Now, the MDA wants to have another go despite the system’s abundant flaws. Demand an end to these missile defense tests that are not worth the hundreds of millions they cost.
During these tests, or highly controlled experiments, the group designated to intercept the missile are already fully aware of its trajectory, timing, radar signature, and speed. In reality, the intercepting team would not have the contractors and manufacturers of these missiles guiding them through the procedure, let alone the exact timing of when an attack would happen. And unfortunately, it is very easy for an enemy to render the whole interceptive system powerless, since decoys as simple as balloons could be enough to overwhelm its sensors. The missile defense system would not be able to discriminate from balloon or missile.
Testing an ineffective missile defense system is not how the defense budget should be spent. Please call for the termination of these highly unrealistic simulations that have done nothing but fail and waste taxpayer money.
Dear President Obama,
This country cannot afford to throw away another $214 million on these so-called missile defense tests, one of which was conducted shortly after the Fourth of July. This failure makes number three, and that is more than enough effort to conclude that this type of interceptive missile defense system has no application in real-life conflict. I urge you to end these expensive defense experiments, and allocate the funds to a more beneficial and useful cause.
Even if the missile had successfully made contact with its target, that is in no way any indication that it would be a successful defense if Iran or North Korea were to launch their missiles at the U.S. Because the “midcourse” missile defense system is being tested, it can be very easily foiled with the use of simple decoys like cheap balloons. The system cannot tell the difference between one of these decoys and a real warhead. Also, during a strike, the enemy would never inform the operators of the system when exactly the missile would arrive, let alone the speed, trajectory, and radar signature, which is information conveniently given during these simulations.
This nation’s budget cannot sustain expensive war games like this missile defense testing. Do not let lobbyists persuade your administration to spend one more cent of taxpayer money on this obviously impotent missile defense system.
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