You just can't have too much schadenfreude. Start the clip below (maybe turn your speakers down a bit) for ambiance, then go below the fold...
At 8:44 p.m. (PST), February 11, 2010, a short-range threat-representative ballistic missile was launched from an at-sea mobile launch platform. Within seconds, the ALTB used onboard sensors to detect the boosting missile and used a low-energy laser to track the target. The ALTB then fired a second low-energy laser to measure and compensate for atmospheric disturbance. Finally, the ALTB fired its megawatt-class High Energy Laser, heating the boosting ballistic missile to critical structural failure. The entire engagement occurred within two minutes of the target missile launch, while its rocket motors were still thrusting.
If there was ever a prime example of a paucity of imagination rising to the level of religion, the opposition to ballistic missile defense is it. All manner of allegedly smart people have beclowned themselves over the past two decades proclaiming, rather stupidly, that a fairly mundane mathematical problem, one high speed object intercepting another, is in fact a physical and engineering impossibility.
Year by year they are proven wrong and yet, like Monty Python's Black Knight, they continue to fight the same fight the same way.
The airborne laser is a critical part of an integrated missile defense system. It has been proven not only theoretically possible but now has actually been tested. The question now is whether lets science or sucking up to moonbats guide his next steps.