Pentagon Confused by Its Own ‘Subs vs. Terrorists’ Plan

Posted: January 29, 2012 in NEWS, WAR
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.Wired
January 28, 2012

The Pentagon has a dream that it won’t give up: blasting any target on the planet with a submarine’s missile. Nothing seems to stop it, not even years of protest that the project could accidentally spark a nuclear war. But now, the Pentagon swears, it’s figured out how to launch the missiles without triggering any inadvertent Armageddon, and is pushing the concept in its new budget.

One problem: No one at the Pentagon can seem to agree on what the latest iteration of this so-called “Conventional Prompt Global Strike” concept really is.

Here’s the basic problem with the plan. A ballistic missile fired with a conventional warhead flies in the same trajectory as a ballistic missile fired with a nuclear warhead. Seeing any such missile in the air could prompt a panic in Moscow, Beijing or another nuclear-armed capitol. So while Washington thinks it’s striking a terrorist training camp or an enemy weapons silo, it might prompt someone else to let loose the world’s most dangerous weapons.

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