Tuesday, September 3, 2013

3 September 2013 Since it costs a lot to win and even more to lose

The US government has publicized classified information detailing the location, design and specifications of a launch site to be built from this summer for Israel’s new Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system. The details, apparently spilled in error, appear to include highly sensitive information relevant to the struggle against Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
The material specifies, for instance, that the launch site must be completed by the end of next year, by which time, it says, Israel expects to have the Arrow 3 — a missile defense system crucial to Israel’s plans for countering an Iranian nuclear threat — operational
          The Arrow anti-missile missile is a joint project for Israel and the U.S.  We provide a lot of the funding for development and receive the results to make use of in our own AMM programs.  The goal for Israel’s project is to destroy incoming ballistic missiles while they are still in boost phase, thus preventing the warheads landing in Israel.  The cost of winning this missile race is immense.  There is no acceptable cost if one loses.

Cassi Creek:  Broken night, as a series of thunderstorms dragged across the mountains.  The sound of thunderstorms and the rattle of heavy rain on a metal roof will generally wake me up.  The rain last night triggered a “special weather statement” for Chuckey.  While we live in the Chuckey zip code, we are 12 miles from Chuckey.  Brief glances at the weather site on our phones showed heavy rain coming toward us.  Another cell would move overhead about every 15 minutes.  The sleep disturbance that goes along with Parkinsonism is becoming somewhat more apparent.
Salmon burgers and greens for dinner last night.  Tonight will include avocados in some fashion.

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