After the tragic take-down of a Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on Thursday by a surface to air missile, some members of congress have already suggested the implementation of missile defense systems on commercial airliners. However, at least one airline executive has already balked at the notion.
On Sunday, a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands. The Pentagon hailed it as a major success for the troubled national missile defense system, which has cost $40 billion since 2004. But, in truth, it changes little.
Sometimes, reality beats science fiction. This is one of them: The heart of the Soviet missile defense system looks like a building designed by Industrial Light & Magic. It's believed to be the most precise orbital tracking system in the world.