Eyes On The Sky Could Make The U.S. Safer
A recent article in the Washington Times outlines the risks of missile threats and the rewards of missile defense.
The EMP threat to the American homeland challenges description. A large EMP warhead exploded high over the center of the United States would completely disable the entire national electrical grid. Aircraft would fall out of the sky, vehicle engines would die, communications, the Internet and computers would fry, and civilization on the continent would be set back a century.
Next year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command will test an innovative weapon called the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground, 63 air miles from the nation’s capital. Integrated with existing defenses, the system would protect the capital from short-range missile threats.