What is amazing is that we have this technological capability. Shooting down an errant satellite just as it enters the earth’s atmosphere so as to minimize space debris yet destroying the satellite before it falls to earth is an incredibly difficult task. But then again, so is destroying an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile. To accomplish either feat, a complex system of radar must detect and track either the launch of an offensive missile on the other side of the earth or the malfunctioning satellite. Then an interceptor missile is launched. The interceptor locates and pursues the missile or satellite. Finally, at a closing speed in excess of 15,000 miles per hour (20 times the speed of sound), it slams into the missile or satellite, destroying it. The target is essentially vaporized.
America and the world is safer because the United States has the technology and the ability to shoot down missiles and malfunctioning satellites. Americans must demand that Congress continues to fund missile defense and to support the development of new defensive technologies and capabilities so that future risks -- some of which may not be known today -- can be shot down.
Too often short-term political pressures come to bear and critically important funding for tomorrow's national security is cut or compromised so that Congress can fund today’s politically motivated earmarks and pork. We simply cannot afford for shortsighted politics to limit or hamstring our future ability to defend ourselves. Our national security is simply too important and the price to be paid too high for failing to keep at least one step ahead of our enemies. History has repeatedly taught this lesson. Hopefully, Congress was not asleep during those classes.