Good news

Apparently North Korea gets its long-range missiles from the same collection of scam artists who supply the U.S. with its missile defense incapability.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

5 thoughts on “Good news”

  1. Line of the day:
    "The North Korean missile went limp less than 40 seconds after launch."
    Nora O'Donnell.

  2. Boost phase intercept is possible– a system forward deployed with US forces, to defend a constrained geographic area. Ditto bringing down Intermediate range ballistic missiles. This is more or less what the Israeli Arrow system does.
    A powerful supplement to that system would be to put RPVs over the launch sites, armed with Hellfire missiles. When a launch appears likely, the controller can attack the missile.
    Mid course or terminal phase intercept of BMs is an entirely unproven concept. The Cheney-Bush administration has pushed an early stage developmental system into deployment.
    As with the Safeguard/ Spartan system in the late 1960s, eventually the cost and ineffectiveness of the system will become so obvious that it will be quietly retired. The Nike Zeus interceptors protecting US cities in the mid 60s had the same fate.
    Bureaucratic momentum and political positioning over technological reality.
    The only US ballistic missile defence system at the moment is the Patriot 3. It had limited or no success in the last Iraq war, but obviously was not fully tested– the Iraqis did manage to hit US command centres.

  3. Is this your way of apologizing for endorsing the bombing campaign proposed by Ashton Carter?

  4. GOOD, NOW BOTH SIDES CAN SHOOT MISSLES OVER THE PACIFIC AND CREATE A GOOD FIREWORKS SHOW SO THE CRUISE SHIP LINES CAN MAKE A PILE OF MONEY BY HAULING PEOPLE OUT TO WATCH. THAT WOULD CREATE A WHOLE NEW WAY TO PROFIT FROM WAR……AND MAYBE ELIMINATE SOME OF THOSE SMELLY BODIES.

  5. Joel,
    That would be bad for us because GW would ask CONgress for more missile defence $$$.

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