Thursday, January 5, 2017

Would NORAD be able to stop any North Korean or other enemy ICBM's (including EMP)?

The Washington Post has an alarming editorial this morning, Thursday, January 5, 2017, “How will the United States stop North Korea?” The print title, p. A16, is more specific: “North Korea’s ICBM threat: Mr. Trump’s tweets won’t end it”.

The most alarming statement in the editorial is that the U.S. has no defense capacity to shoot down a missile on launch, and that systems deployed in Alaska and California to intercept missiles in flight are “unreliable at best”.  Other statements suggest that North Korea, or DPRK, could be capable of firing such a missile well before the end of Trump's (first and maybe only) term.

The same systems (governed by NORAD) would be used to intercept high altitude missiles from any enemy (which could include radical Islamic terrorism, or iran) with a surreptitious launch from off a coast, of an EMP device, such as in the 2009 novel “One Second After” which might become a film.

So a statement in the Post that NORAD is unreliable is alarming to be sure.  It flies in the face of Mr. Trump’s promise to “make America great again.”

It also contradicts the supposed success of Ronald Reagan’s strengthening of missile defenses in the 1980s, and even of the work I did as a computer programmer for NAVCOSSACT, in the Washington Navy Yard, in 1971-1972 (during the Nixon years) on intercepting missiles.  I guess that’s all classified.  But presumably anti-missile defenses can also be launched from submarines in the Pacific Ocean.  It may indeed become The Day of the Dolphin.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Cheyenne Mountain O door, p.d.

Senator Lindsey Graham:  Obama throws pebbles, it's time to throw rocks (CNN this morning).  

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