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Submission + - Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math (thediplomat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Since the 1960s until the present day, missile defense has been a hot topic. Ronald Reagen popularized the concept with his "Star Wars" multi-billion dollar plan to use lasers and various technologies to destroy incoming Soviet warheads. Today, America has a sizable sea-based system, dubbed AEGIS, that has been deployed to defend against rogue states missiles, both conventional and nuclear.

However, there is one thing missile defense can't beat, simple math:

"Think about it — could we someday see a scenario where American forces at sea with a fixed amount of defensive countermeasures facing an enemy with large numbers of cruise and ballistic weapons that have the potential to simply overwhelm them? Could a potential adversary fire off older weapons that are not as accurate, causing a defensive response that exhausts all available missile interceptors so more advanced weapons with better accuracy can deliver the crushing blow? Simply put: does math win?"

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Missile Defense's Real Enemy: Math

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