Argument: Decoys and countermeasures can easily defeat missile defenses
"Slovak prime minister slams U.S. for missile defense adventure". Reuters. 27 Jan. 2008 - Decoys and countermeasures are the Achilles heel of missile defense, and also of the proposed missile defense system in Europe. (…)
- Decoys can include objects which provide a close representation of the attacking enemy missile or its warhead encased in a re-entry vehicle. For example, a simple balloon in the shape of a cone – the shape of a re-entry vehicle – would travel out in space as fast as the RV itself and might be confusing to the defender. An enemy missile could carry many of these balloons (…)
- Countermeasures could include chaff or debris deliberately scattered by the attacker with the target missile or warhead to reflect the search radar of a missile defense system. This might be short metal rods – like paper clips – of the proper length, or bits of metal foil to reflect the radar, or to cloud the view the radar might otherwise have of the target.