A few years back, the military came up with the bright idea of swapping out the nuclear warheads on some of America’s land- and sea-based ballistic missiles for conventional explosives, transforming city-obliterating rockets into so-called Prompt Global Strike systems capable of taking out terrorist targets anywhere in the world just hours from the word “go.”
There was just one problem: The strike-anywhere missile was a nightmare for diplomats and lawmakers. Upon launch, a non-nuclear ballistic missile looks the same as a nuke to other nations’ radars. Russia or China, for instance, wouldn’t know that America was firing a non-nuclear missile to take out a terrorist camp — as opposed to, say, starting World War III on a whim.
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