## Thursday, September 07, 2006 ... //

### Aspects of the U.S. missile defense base

The U.S. already has some bases associated with the missile defense system in Scotland and Greenland.

The new base could be either in England, or Poland, or Czechia. Czechia probably has the best conditions, according to the experts.

80% of the Czechs are against such a base. However, the new government supports the base and opposes a referendum. Moreover, this positive attitude is not a right-wing conspiracy of the current government: the negotiations to build such a base go back to the social-democratic government of Vladimír Špidla in 2002.

The U.S. would either build a special radar or locate 10 anti-missiles to destroy intercontinental missiles in the middle of their flight.

10 squared kilometers would be hosting a facility that would mostly be buried underground. Around 400 U.S. soldiers or other staff would be working in the facility located either in Central Bohemia or Central Moravia. The small number implies no significant economical benefits.

The system has been considered for 40 years and it is primarily meant as a protection against Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

Positives:

• According to the newest information, the system would also be protecting the European allies. The U.S. would have a high interest to protect Czechia in particular that could partly simplify its own defense
• New possibilities to solve crisis situations in the context of NATO arise
• Czechia gains importance in the overall military picture of Europe
• Czech researchers could share the opportunity to work in the U.S. labs with the newest technologies

Negatives:

• Relatively untested technology can create a false feeling of security
• The U.S. may gain more power than others in Europe might want
• New technologies could revive arms races with potential negative consequences for the global economy
• The bases could be attractive as targets, of course

Plan for a few years:

• In 2006 and 2007, new anti-missiles should be located in Alaska and a new place in Europe. The information technologies would interconnect satellites and all these bases
• In 2008 and 2009, new research should be focused on the annihilation of missiles right after they're launched
• In 2010 and 2010, mobile rockets would be installed at various places, including ships and submarines; incremental improvements in 2012 and 2013 would follow
• Rockets would also be installed in the outer space - the real Star Wars; this concept originated, incidentally, in the skull of the Nazi gift to the U.S. rocket science, Wernher von Braun

Source: Mojenoviny

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