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November 20, 2005

Balancing the Karmic budget

Just so everyone knows I'm "fair and balanced" here's a successful Navy weplaunch.

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Pacific Ocean (Nov. 17, 2005) - A Standard Missile Three (SM-3) is launched from the vertical launch system (VLS) aboard the Pearl Harbor based Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), during a joint Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Navy ballistic missile flight test. Minutes later, the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched form the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The test was the sixth intercept, in seven flight tests, by the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, the maritime component of the "Hit to Kill" Ballistic Missile Defense System, being developed by the Missile Defense Agency. All previous Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense flight test were against unitary (non-separating) targets. U.S. Navy photo

In related news - another nation, the Phillipines, outsources primary Defense activities to the United States. Hey, it's worked for the Euros, and allowed them to finance their crumbling welfare states. Well, mebbe they should have spent the money in other ways... like economic infrastructure and such.