Star Wars. Essay Proving That The Us Was Incapable Of Bringing It To Life. Speaks Of The Economy, Technology And Treaties And Political Obligations

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During the mid 1980's, American president Ronald Regan introduced the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI), which the press quickly shortened to Star Wars. The purpose of Star Wars was to create a shield over America through which no nuclear weapon could pass. As then Senator Nunn (A supporter of SDI), once said ' I don't think anything in this country is technically impossible. We have a nation that can indeed produce miracles'. The purpose of this essay is to prove that the US was incapable of producing the miracles needed to bring star wars to life. This will be done in several ways. The first is by asking the question, 'Can the states indeed produce the miracles needed to make the Strategic Defence Initiative a reality?'. The answer to this question is obviously no, and this will be proved by several key points. One may also find after reading this essay that there may have been a possible hidden American agenda. The first point that will be covered is that it was neither fiscally possible, nor was there enough time to accomplish all the goals. The second point will be that even if there was enough time and money present, the technology needed would not be present. The third and final point is that treaties and political obligations don't allow for it.The first point that will be covered in this essay is the one of time and money, neither of which the U.S. had enough. First of all, the cost of SDI was astronomical. In a five year plan prepared for SDI, the government wanted to spend 21 billion, with the expected cost for the SDI weapons expected to surpass the 90 billion mark. So far, that's a combined total of 111 billion, with the expected total to be more then 500 billion. To give an idea of how much that really is, the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission costed 25 million The money problems seem minuscule when compared to the problem of time. For exampleUsing ten space shuttles each flyingthree missions per year, it would havestill been between 3,200 and 6,400 yearsto lift all the fuels for a fleet of lasers intoorbit.As this conservative time estimate shows, even if the US had the money required to implement SDI, by the time it was fully operational, A system such as this may not be needed.The second reason the SDI was not realistically going to happen was the technology was not yet available, as no one had perfected the materials needed. These materials ranged from the weapons themselves to the computers needed to run the weapons. To start with, the U.S. was nowhere near being able to perfect the weapons needed. For example, the US proposed the use of space based particle beams weapons. Normally, that would be accepted. There is however one problem:A further serious drawbackof particle beams is that theyare curved by the earths magneticfield in a way that makes themimpossible to aimTherefore, why would United States spend such large amounts of money on a weapon they couldn't even aim? Normally no country would rely on only one weapon. However,...

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