Tuesday, June 20, 2006

It's The Network

I'm feeding my reading habit today. I haven't had many opportunities to read much of anything in the past couple weeks or so, focusing instead on a mad rush to get the prep work done before the contractors poured the footings for Power Tool Heaven (our new garage for those of you unfamiliar with our shop project), so I'm finding I have a lot to catch up on. They poured said footings yesterday. It was fun to watch the process. I'm looking forward to the day the concrete's ready to back-fill, so we can reduce the size of the mountain range of dirt that grew during the excavation. I get to figure out ways to tuck all the remaining soil into raised beds (yet to be built) and other creative repositories. Clearly, I'm still not nearly done with all the work outside, but I'm taking a couple of days off to regroup for the next big push. Lest you think my husband's a slacker (far from it), he hurt his back a few weeks ago, and I'd rather have him take care of himself than see him push it now only to end up down all summer with a chronic condition.

So anyway, I'm getting in some much longed for reading, and TCS Daily is my focus today. As a result, I'm going to direct anyone who's interested to a TCS article by Alan W. Dowd on the advancements in the U.S. missile defense system--you know, shooting missiles down out of the sky with other missiles, or lasers. There are some impressive gains, both technologically and in terms of the growing network of our allies working together to blanket the globe with the ability to defend the U.S., Australia, Japan, Turkey, and various European nations, among others, from the errant missiles increasingly threatening to come our way from the growing list of hostile or unstable countries that are getting their hands on advanced missile technology. The gains are impressive, and the threats are also increasingly daunting. It's a good rundown of where things stand.

1 comment:

  1. I find it comforting based on the North Koreans intention to test their long range missiles. Though the missile is said to only be able to reach Alaska (my apologies to Alaskans for use of the word 'only'), since the Cold War I have been accustomed to thinking of the First Strike as being something that mainly concerned the East Coast. Now I feel a nebulous target painted on my back and it's making my shoulders itch.

    Keep those missile defense systems coming!