Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Space Defense Program Gets Extra Funding

While wrestling with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is preparing weapons to fight the next battle from space, according to information in the 621-page, House-Senate conference report on the fiscal 2008 defense appropriations bill.

The $459 billion bill, which awaits President Bush's signature, provides $100 million for a new "prompt global strike" program that could deliver a conventional, precision-guided warhead anywhere in the world within two hours. It takes funds away from development of a conventional warhead for the Navy's submarine-launched Trident Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and from an Air Force plan for the Common Aero Vehicle.

The new program, dubbed Falcon, for "Force Application and Launch from CONUS," centers on a small-launch-vehicle concept of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The agency describes Falcon as a "a reusable Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle (HCV) capable of delivering 12,000 pounds of payload at a distance of 9,000 nautical miles from [the continental United States] in less than two hours."

Source: Washingtonpost.com

What a sad news story this is. Why oh! why do we need Space based weapons? What a waste of money!


Richard Lalancette said...

Philip, I can't friggin believe they are going to do it.

They are putting weapons in space, just like Von braun said, reported by Carol Rosin...

Philip said...

Richard, I can't believe they are actually going ahead with this either. What a waste of money.

Yes, sadly Von Braun was correct. Therefore we have got the "fake" UFO attack to endure. It is time those responsible were tried for crimes against humanity.