The Sound of Money Exploding

From an article I was reading this morning:

Volumes have been written about the (in)effectiveness of military technology and plans (e.g., Maginot Line).

The movie comedy, The Pentagon Wars, details the ludicrous design and engineering tests that the Bradley fighting vehicle evolved through.

On Tuesday, the newest Japanese destroyer collided with a small fishing boat, despite the fact that the destroyer had the latest and greatest detection equipment — provided by the US military.

While the accident is being blamed on human error this comes a year after a Chinese sub was able to surface undetected five miles from an American carrier.  This despite the fact that carrier-based task forces include a vast array of sensors (e.g., ASW) that are supposed to detect and neutralize such threats.

. . . the taxpayer is continuously blinded and bombarded with press releases hyping seemingly worthless military-grade technology . . .

Contemporaneously, the recent naval missile strike on the NRO satellite was only able to occur under ideal conditions: with calm seas and a pre-configured target with a known trajectoryWhat was the success rate of the vaunted Patriot batteries during Operation Desert Storm?

(Rob Comment:  The answer to that question is on wikipedia quoted below)

The U.S. Army claimed an initial success rate of 80% in Saudi Arabia and 50% in Israel.  However, when President George H. W. Bush traveled to Raytheon’s Patriot manufacturing plant . . . he declared, the “Patriot is 41 for 42: 42 Scuds engaged, 41 intercepted!” The President’s claimed success rate was thus over 97% during the war.

On April 7, 1992 Theodore Postol of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Reuven Pedatzur of Tel Aviv University testified before a House Committee stating that. . . the Patriot system had a success rate of below 10%, and perhaps even a zero success rate. In response to this testimony and other evidence, the staff of the House Government Operations Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security reported, “The Patriot missile system was not the spectacular success in the Persian Gulf War that the American public was led to believe. There is little evidence to prove that the Patriot hit more than a few Scud missiles launched by Iraq during the Gulf War, and there are some doubts about even these engagements. The public and the United States Congress were misled by definitive statements of success issued by administration and Raytheon representatives during and after the war.”

The evidence would seem to show that our faith and dependence for safety should be placed upon Christ rather than U.S. military technology . . .

Published in: on February 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

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