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North Korean Launches Put US Missile Defense System To Test
Spacewar.com ^ | 07/05/06 | by Jim Mannion

Posted on 07/05/2006 10:07:34 PM PDT by garbageseeker

The US missile defense system was put to its first real test Tuesday and Wednesday with North Korea's launch of a long-range missile and a half dozen shorter range missiles. US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he was on and off the phone with top US commanders almost continuously for days before the missile tests. "I received the notification of the launch of these missiles probably within of a minute of when they occurred," he told reporters before a meeting with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Pentagon officials were circumspect, though, about how the multi-billion dollar missile defense system performed.

"What I will tell you is that each and every launch was detected and monitored, and that interceptors were operational during the missile launches that took place," said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

"The commander of NORAD (the North American Air Defense Command) was able to determine rather quickly that the missiles didn't pose a threat to the United States or its territories," he said.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Japan; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: airforce; atomic; clintonlegacy; fortgreeley; iaea; icbm; japan; kimjongil; koreanpeninsula; miltech; missile; missiledefense; mushroomcloud; norad; northkorea; nuclearwar; proliferation; rodong; rummy; rumsfeld; scud; scudmissile; taepodong; taepodong1; taepodong2; vandenberg; vandenbergafb; war; wwiii

1 posted on 07/05/2006 10:07:36 PM PDT by garbageseeker
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To: garbageseeker

if anything the great leader came across as a paper tiger...


2 posted on 07/05/2006 10:12:51 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Spktyr; F15Eagle; sukhoi-30mki; sam_paine

I would like your opinions on this article.


3 posted on 07/05/2006 10:13:27 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Cinnamon

Your right.


4 posted on 07/05/2006 10:14:29 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Cinnamon
Perhaps-

(but please tell me your Joe Biden paraphrase was just a coincidence...)

5 posted on 07/05/2006 10:14:42 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: the anti-liberal

I came up with it way before Biden check my posts from a few days ago...


6 posted on 07/05/2006 10:16:02 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Cinnamon
Oh, well then maybe he paraphrased you?

(Is he logged on now, perhaps this is where he gets the few sensical thoughts he gets from...)

7 posted on 07/05/2006 10:21:01 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: Cinnamon
There should've been a smiley with that BTW

:^)

8 posted on 07/05/2006 10:22:20 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: Alas Babylon!; American_Centurion; An.American.Expatriate; ASA.Ranger; ASA Vet; Atigun; ...

Negative MI ping.....


9 posted on 07/05/2006 10:24:43 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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"I think the toss up is whether they had more eyes on the missile or on the space shuttle. They had a lot of metal in the air," he said.

Great quote.
10 posted on 07/05/2006 10:24:47 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker
Just think if Al Gore had won and our missile defense capabilities didn't exit at all?

Democratic policies seriously threaten our safety.
11 posted on 07/05/2006 10:31:50 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

I agree. He would have finished gutting the NMD begun by President Clinton.


12 posted on 07/05/2006 10:33:07 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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At least this gives us some protection.


13 posted on 07/05/2006 10:34:31 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garjog
Democratic policies seriously threaten our safety

Their ideology blinds them.
14 posted on 07/05/2006 10:46:58 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

Tin foil hat time.

America paid NK to launch the missiles so they can practice using the ABM systems in place. Thing is, Kims long range didn't work as planned.

We are going to shoot one down. Question is, do we then tell Iran that if they try and launch one and we shoot it down that we will launch one of our own at them?


15 posted on 07/06/2006 5:06:53 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Tin foil hat. That is funny.


16 posted on 07/06/2006 1:14:00 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker
Not much info here. Sounds like the radars worked very well. Doubt we would have bothered attempting to shoot down the Scuds. The interesting question is whether they were preparing to fire on the T-Dong with the ABM system, which the article doesn't comment on.
17 posted on 07/06/2006 1:21:55 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
I think that they would release any information to the public they were ready to fire the ABMs from Ft. Greeley and Vandenberg AFB. The missile defense system was activated, so we can assume that they were ready to fire.
18 posted on 07/06/2006 1:34:06 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker
Good point.

I'd love to see us shoot one down. There would be egg all over Krazy Kim's face but also on Levin, the Dims and all those "scientists" who swore SDI would never work. 'Course, Kim's got to build one that will actually fly before we can shoot it down.

19 posted on 07/06/2006 1:42:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I would like to see the missile launch.


20 posted on 07/06/2006 1:44:28 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: colorado tanker
I'd love to see us shoot one down. There would be egg all over Krazy Kim's face but also on Levin, the Dims and all those "scientists" who swore SDI would never work. 'Course, Kim's got to build one that will actually fly before we can shoot it down.
Maybe the US Democratic Party and the New York Times can work together to supply the North Koreans the technology and information they need to get one of those missiles to actually fly while at the same time they can work to deny funding for the US anti-missile program. Such actions would foster cooperation between the communists of North Korea and the communists of the United States.
21 posted on 07/07/2006 4:07:37 AM PDT by samtheman
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