High Frontier is saddened to hear of the death of Bill Gaubatz, a tireless technical advocate, engineering innovator and team builder to advance our national space capabilities, whose expertise was most clearly demonstrated by worldwide television accounts on August 18, 1993 of the launch of the DC-X, or Clipper Graham as it was sometimes dubbed. This first rocket and its improvements subsequently landed and flew again, 12 times before failing, set the stage for a reusable launch capability still to be harnessed by the subsequent powers that be—though the current generation of space innovators—linked to that past—are nearing that day. May God give him eternal peace.
High Frontier is saddened to hear of the death of Richard Scaife on this day as we celebrate our Independence. We are especially indebted to him for his many years of support, from our earliest days when The Heritage Foundation provided a home for Retired Army Lt. General Daniel O. Graham to prepare his original High Frontier report advocating a prominent role for strategic defenses as an alternative to the Cold War’s doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction. That High Frontier effort and Gen. Graham’s grass roots advocacy led to President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) which many believe was instrumental in bringing an end to the Cold War.
As we join in the festivities of our Independence Day celebrations, we need to renew the pledges made by those who proposed the Declaration of Independence some 238 years ago today—again to “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” to assure the birthright given to us by the Founders is passed to future Americans. Not least is to prepare for and counter the existential EMP threat posed by the current forces of tyranny.
Howard Baker, with a lifetime of public service, accomplished many things for the American people. Among those many accomplishments, those of us missile defense advocates should be grateful for his role, as our Ambassador to Japan, in establishing the joint U.S.-Japanese Aegis ballistic missile defense program that has produced numerous BMD capable ships on patrol around the world. May he rest in peace.
The Foundation for Resilient Societies challenges the latest inept FERC-NERC pronouncements! Time for some changes???? I think so, one way or another!
As I watch the expanding tangled web in the Middle East drift toward including a soon to be nuclear-armed Shia Iran to help counter the al Qaeda off-shoot Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), I can’t help but note that America is drifting into an untenable situation that could end our way of life. These sworn enemies of each other agree on at least one thing—they hate Americans and would kill us all if they could. Soon they may be able to—and still we dawdle, refusing to harden the electric grid upon which our way of life depends. Who should be held accountable?
The quote “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” refers to how complicated life becomes when people lie. It originally referred to a love triangle in the 1808 play “Marmion,” written by Sir Walter Scott. It applies in spades to previous and current policies of the Obama administration, especially those ineptly dealing with existential threats posed by the explosive conditions in the Middle East and East Asia. So, will we pay attention or find ourselves entangled and captured by the web?
In spite of claims to the contrary, al Qaeda and its allies and friends are alive and well—and seeking the destroy America and all our values and traditions. We have the knowledge and means to counter a growing existential threat posed by them, but we must recognize the threat and deal with it. Included in our response should be building effective defenses and hardening the electric power grid. Soon!
The most cost-effective way to counter the threat of proliferating ballistic missiles with improved offensive countermeasures is with space-based defenses that can intercept attacking ballistic missiles while their rockets are burning in their boost phase, before they can release their decoys that can overwhelm our current mid-course defenses that work in outer space. These space-based defense concepts remain controversial—and are falsely perceived to be too expensive and beyond our reach. Over two decades ago, the most advanced technology produced by the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) was used to design a far more cost-effective system concept than any other basing alternative—before or since. We need to overcome this false perception and take full advantage of current technology to build a modern space-based defense system. And there are signs this is possible.
To counter the threat of proliferating ballistic missiles with improved offensive countermeasures, we need cost-effective defenses, well beyond the capability of our current systems. The best way to achieve this goal is with defenses that can intercept attacking ballistic missiles while their rockets are burning in their boost phase, before they can release their decoys that overwhelm our current mid-course defenses that work in outer space. We need to revive initiatives from the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) era that recognized this potential problem and dealt with it. The most cost-effective concepts, space based interceptors, remain controversial—but unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs) may be acceptable as launch platforms for boost-phase interceptors. Happily, that SDI-pioneered technology has survived, at least after a fashion, and could be harnessed to defeat today’s offensive countermeasures.
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