What ever happened to “Star Wars”? That was the nickname for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). SDI was first publicly announced by President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983. “A wide array of advanced weapon concepts, including lasers, particle beam weapons and ground- and space-based missile systems were studied, along with various sensor, command and control, and high-performance computer systems that would be needed to control a system consisting of hundreds of combat centers and satellites spanning the entire globe.” 
So if Kim Jung Un, the “Dear Leader” of North Korea, decided to fire off an ICBM carrying a hydrogen bomb, the “Star Wars” could just zap it out of the sky, right?
Well, it turns out the Reagan “Star Wars” never became operational. (Or at least that’s what they tell us.) “By the late 1980s, the effort had been re-focused on the ‘Brilliant Pebbles’ concept, which was expected to be much less expensive to develop and deploy… Brilliant Pebbles was a non-nuclear system of satellite-based interceptors designed to use high-velocity, watermelon-sized, teardrop-shaped projectiles made of tungsten as kinetic warheads. It was designed to operate in conjunction with the Brilliant Eyes sensor system.” 
So if Kim Jung Un, the “Dear Leader” of North Korea, decided to fire off an ICBM carrying a hydrogen bomb, the “Brilliant Pebbles” could just zap it out of the sky, right?
“Though regarded as one of the most capable SDI systems, the Brilliant Pebbles program was canceled in 1994 by the BMDO (Ballistic Missile Defense Organization).” 
So maybe that would be the solution to today’s Crisis Of The Week (COTW): Restart the Brilliant Pebbles program, and then just laugh at Kim Jung Un.
Last week, the COTW was Hurricane Harvey, but that is already “old news”, baby. Before that the COTW was about the Confederate statues. If a tree fell in the forest and the news media weren’t there to tell us, would it still make a sound?
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 “Strategic Defense Initiative”, Wikipedia, September 4, 2017.