Remember how the Liberals mocked the entire concept of "Star Wars", and swore that space should "never be weaponized"? Remember how even the threat of a then-undeveloped space-based weapons system drove the Soviets to the bargaining tables and ultimately caused the Evil Empire to fold?
The Soviet Union is gone, thanks in part to the threat of "Star Wars" weaponry. Now a new threat emerges; rogue nuclear states such as North Korea and Iran seek to develop their own nuclear arsenals, and Pakistan - an unreliable ally - already possesses such rocketry.
Thanks to the inspired vision of a B-grade Hollywood actor, just in the nick of time Star Wars arrives . . .
"Laser weapon knocks down test missile off California coast"
THANK YOU, RONALD REAGAN!
This image provided by the U.S. Department of Defense shows an infrared image of the Missile Defense Agency’s Airborne Laser Testbed, right point, destroying a target missile, left point, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010.
Meanwhile, in other laser news . . .
Ray Guns Real: Army Betting Big on Laser Weapons
Fox News January 21, 2010
Boeing is developing a mobile laser weapon for the U.S. Army. Mounted in an Osh Kosh armored vehicle, the weapon will will enable the military to fight at the speed of light.
Watch Laser Weaponry at work!!!
How Military Lasers Work
Illustration of a free electron laser. A beam of electrons is sent through an undulator -- an array of magnets with alternating north and south poles. The magnetic field in the undulator forces each bunch of electrons to oscillate back and forth, causing them to emit a laser-like beam of light.
"We have 3 missions: We're going to harness that energy and use it for the benefit of our national security, for enabling clean energy here on earth, and for advancing frontier science."
The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's “Sun on Earth” opens for business . . .
NIF Laser “Sun on Earth” Opens for Business with the Hope of Humanity
So-called "green energy alternatives" are politician's pipe dreams; solar, wind, wave, geo-thermal, conservation and recycling simply cannot produce the amount of energy our society requires. The future is nuclear, but traditional nuclear reactors produce irradiated waste that lasts 10,000 years. Controlled thermonuclear fusion is the true future of nuclear power:
Fission vs. Fusion
“When all 192 beams are operational in 2009, NIF will direct nearly two million joules of ultraviolet laser energy in billionth-of-a-second pulses to the target chamber center. When all that energy slams into millimeter-sized targets, it can generate unprecedented temperatures and pressures in the target materials – temperatures of more than 100 million degrees and pressures more than 100 billion times Earth’s atmosphere.”
Credit for this STORMBRINGER post goes to guerrillas "Rider of Rohan" and "VA Shepherd" - Sean Linnane