The only two space programs that seem to be stuck in their embryonic “prestige” stage are those of North Korea and Iran.
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The report “Making Sense of Ballistic Missile Defense” published in September by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is one of the most significant studies released on this topic. For years, critics from the academy and the arms control community denigrated missile defense on political and technical grounds, stressing the “insolvable” issue of countermeasures to “prove” their point. According to them, all midcourse missile defenses in development today are not viable on account of “simple and cheap” countermeasures that could be easily developed and deployed by nonindustrialized countries without even first testing them in real flight. Only boost phase intercepting systems could be viable, according to those critics. By implications, then, the huge sums spent on current midcourse missile defense programs are wastefully enriching the defense sector.