SDI: AN ESSAY
Edward E. Rochon
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SDI: An Essay
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Table of Contents
This essay deals with the Strategic Defense Initiative, its expense and failure to achieve anything useful in giving the US an effective anti-missile shield. I refer back to a number of essays mostly without attribution, that are listed on my cover page above. Most of these essays are fairly short. My viewpoint is to cover fundamental aspects of all problems, obviating the need to deal with complexities requiring specialized knowledge not available to me without much toil. If specialized knowledge invalidates my notions due to some lapse in understanding of the fundamentals, so be it. Ignorance guarantees failure in life on a regular basis, and this is no excuse to keep quiet. I see no point in hiding my ignorance from others, that only encouraging my affliction of ignorance. Besides,I write essays and short stuff, requiring no great details, and judged only on the merits of the arguments. Claiming no expertise, my essays need not be backed up by any such attribution on my part.
This essay tends to be pro-Army Artillery, pro grunt at the expense of the fly boys and missile boys. I think their contribution to SDI has been virtually hidden from view. This essay will attempt to remedy that, perhaps to the surprise of, resentment of the grunts. So, here goes.
Chapter 1: Missiles & Anecdotes
It is unsettling how much money the Army and Air Force have spent on anti-missile missile strategic defense with the option of striking the enemy incoming at mid-course. For all practical purposes they could not hit the broad side of a barn except in the most exceptional of circumstances. This plays right into the hands of the critics of SDI. In fact, the whole thing was mis-sold to the public. NASA could not possibly have lifted payloads at the prices indicated for the Space Shuttle in the late 1970’s as predicted. Despite deficiencies in laser, rail gun, particle beam weapons and ranging and detection, this miscalculation was the real killer.
We can hit incoming at three basic points: launch, mid-flight and near target reentry. Launch is obviously a problem; mid-course has problems with decoys and targeting. The easiest option with current technology is at reentry. Knocking an H-bomb out 20 miles high and 30 miles from ground zero can make a big difference to the city below. There is little air to carry concussion, 30 miles is a lot of atmosphere to mitigate radiation. Heat is greatly reduced as well, detectable radiation. An H-bomb knocked out at 5 miles high and 7 miles away is a big deal, assuming the bomb goes off. It might not. H-bombs have very fast ignition, but severe trauma could create misfire or no-fire, leaving plutonium to be picked up in lumps off the ground by decontamination teams. It should not be too hard to find and better that than microscopic dispersion in the air and ground, groundwater. How is this to be done? With missiles? No, with Army Artillery hyper-velocity ack-ack guns. Why is that?
Missiles are slow to accelerate to target, even the fastest of them. Shells leave the cannon at maximum velocity. Rocket engine dynamics are very difficult to quantify with precise accuracy. That is why it is rocket science. Interception requires very great accuracy, requiring adjustment in flight, and these adjustments are themselves extremely complicated, overwhelming even modern computers, given the short time of the final hit. These mid-course rockets also have targeting and decoy problems. Decoys burn up or alter when even the merest atmosphere impedes them at near entry to target. Expensive decoys are needed, must be limited in number, and knowing which ones are decoys are easy at short range. They are not on target. Even if the enemy sends the real one off target to get near enough to do some damage, that in itself is a victory for defense. And ack-ack guns firing at hyper-velocity can put out a lot of flak for the buck to hit multiple targets, the enemy forced to have minimum decoys. If they have the plutonium, they might as well make them all bombs. This increases expense, and off-target explosions are less dangerous. Defense will target on target warheads in priority firing.
Modern computers can definitely compute fire acquisition in the time allowed for reentry. The warhead must slow down in reentry, and the shell is easier to compute to target. What do hyper-velocity ack-ack guns require?
The shells must leave the cannon from mach 10 to mach 22 to achieve target acquisition at sufficient distance and in time to hit the target. There can be faster long range shells and slower short range shells to get anything missed by long range shells. Short range is better than nothing, and may very well make the warhead a dud.
We are talking 50 caliber, 20 mm, 30 mm and no more than 40 mm ack-ack. The smaller the better. These are smooth bore fired shells. They must be precision made and their parameters tested for aerodynamic burn in-flight. They may be mushrooming hunter single impact shells, shotgun type shells that spray out a cone of pellets after firing (perhaps with an altitude sensitive firing cap), or general shrapnel if larger shells are used. Larger shells could also use mesh shells. Mesh shells pop out a mesh or web to cover more area near impact. This mesh will hit the warhead so fast, that it will melt on contact and jar the trajectory of the warhead at the same time. Your hit likelihood increases. The mesh will rap around the shell, preventing a blow through as with a supported mesh, even at high velocity, if it is properly made. An ack-ack gun could fire several shell types in succession of the different projectile types.
The guns must be liquid cooled to dissipate heat. They must be long for the same reason to allow cool guns for quick fire. They must be supported by struts as straightness of bore is vital. Powerful servo-mechanisms must move the guns precisely. They should be recessed in fortified bunkers to avoid pre-attack sabotage or air attack, but have powerful engines to push the guns out to fire mode. They need silencers to use during practice, since they must be near populated areas. The sound of these guns will be extremely loud as the super fast accelerants leave the cannon. No need to break glass or disturb people during the occasional practice firing. During practice firing, helicopters might be useful to spray the ignited accelerant with chemicals that bind or break down the emissions, as these may be toxic to the nearby populace. During emergency firing, this will be an acceptable trade-off to being hit with an H-bomb. But helicopters might be available on short notice even for that. It is an established fact that accelerants that can put an object into orbit do exist. We do not want shells at orbit speed but close to it when needed. A 120 mile distance, 90 mile high kill range is feasible at these speeds of trajectory. WWII big guns had a 50 yard accuracy at maximum range in WWII due to problems with powder burns. This would be 50 yards at about 23 miles. I have been informed that the USN New Jersey could lob a shell 25 miles within 1 meter of accuracy. The 16 inch shell is a third of a meter wide, so that is dead on. Modern chemistry with its pharmaceutical requirements for accurate release and so forth have solved the powder burn problem. Also recall that we are not dropping a shell down to a target, but merely adjusting for variance in flight. What I mean is that the 50 yard variance of 16 inch guns in WWII amounted to very little altitude discrepancy at peak altitude. A big gun ordered to hit a pill box 10 yards further down than the last shot on a beach 5 or 10 miles from shore in WWII would be dead on target, assuming the Marine spotter on the beach gave accurate coordinates, or if bridge fire control could see the pill box in its scope. The variance in altitude variance to target would be negligible. They could very well hit the gun opening.
It is much easier than rocket science to predict the one time burn of accelerant in a cannon cartridge or charge. A major problem is pushing a cartridge through low altitutde atmosphere at mach 22 speeds, but easier than projecting flight path of rocket burns. A 3600 MPH shell goes through 1 mile of atmosphere in 1 second. A 14,400 MPH shell goes through 4 miles of atmosphere in 1 second. At four miles high the atmosphere is already quite thin, reducing drag and heat generation, and quite cold in the stratosphere to cool the shell until it reaches higher levels where the atmosphere is warmer but quite rarefied. I cannot attest how easily such ammunition can be researched and put in production at an acceptable cost, but see no absolute reason why it could not be produced, especially given that ack-ack guns can put more projectiles out cheaply than firing rockets.
Some spin-offs: once the guns were built for strategic defense, the shorter range ack-ack guns would be more competitive for ground operations. Anti-tank and anti-aircraft/missile use would be viable for ground units as a extra option in all around defense. Such long guns would otherwise be too expensive to justify development for ground attack. But with fixed costs written off against strategic defense, I suspect Army Artillery would find their use more practical for ground operations. This would further reduce overall cost of SDI guns by making production cheaper overall.
A tank hit by a 50 caliber shell at 7,500 MPH would be in big trouble. You would expect such shells to have different dynamics. When a shell hits the curved surface of armor, it will bounce off at mach 3 speeds. Mach 10 speeds are more likely to melt the tip of the shell on contact, aided by in flight heat up, and melt the tank armor on contact. Instead of a point deflected off armor, you would have an angled flattened head with more immediate contact on armor, more likely to push through the malleable melted armor plate of the tank. Super-heated metal would continue to punch through and/or weaken armor integrity. Twenty millimeter or 30 mm shells would be devastating with just one hit. A general would want these long guns for fire-base protection and some to go with mobile units, their weight and long barrel prohibiting too many of them. Hypervelocity shells would add a whole new dimension to ballistics. We already have rail gun research on this, but such is not suitable for ack-ack, anti-tank chemical accelerant shells in my opinion. We will have traditional bullet shaped projectiles. The smooth bore acceleration and in atmosphere flight dictates this.
Chapter 2: Gunships
Bombers at high altitude with hyper-velocity cannon could shoot down missiles at greater range in some circumstances. If a hyper-velocity shell is fired 7 or 8 miles high, it has less resistance and heat problems getting through the atmosphere. The problem is the platform of the plane. Calculating an accurate trajectory with the plane in flight is an added difficulty. Using recoilless cannon with a slower shell, allowing for the decreased air friction at high altitude is a possibility. Another option is tandem recoil, or counterbalanced recoil to keep the gun from disturbing the aircraft integrity and ability to maintain stable firing platform.
Say you want an infantry anti-tank gun to have real clout. The man could not stand the recoil in shoulder launch mode, so you have the bazooka, or rockets. A double recoil gun would fire a counterbalanced recoil simultaneously with the shell fire. These would counterbalance and allow the infantryman to fire the shell. Since a misfire would be very bad news for the infantryman, a safety charge or two would sense a misfire and send out an emergency recoil to compensate for the misfire. We have very fast diodes and electronics that could do this most likely. As for safety, if infantrymen start getting torn up due to faulty ammunition, the men will complain about those idiots at Army ordinance trying to kill them before the enemy gets them. It is a trade off. If the recoilless anti-tank weapon does not kill the vehicles fired upon, they will lock on to the anti-tank unit and fire back. This will kill you too. So it is a matter of reliability and trade-off and convincing the men that the risk is justified.
A gun ship using this method would be much more stable in flight to knock down warheads. Another advantage of gunships is smart bullets or shells. DARPA has already developed smart sniper bullet shells, and we have had smart anti-aircraft shells for some time. If the reduced atmosphere at high altitude firing keeps the shells cool enough, smart shells can be used to attack warheads controlled by the fire control on the gunship or operating within the smart bullets. It would be harder for ground fired shells to survive the heat. Gunships might be able to hit warheads mid-course by this method from a less stable platform. Now the target acquisition problems must be resolved and hardened against enemy countermeasures.
Chapter 3: Optical Phase Arrays
EMP (electromagnetic pulse) hardened planes fly about the ack-ack sites. There may also be high altitude solar powered buoyant airships above the sites. These will be manned in most cases with phased arrays of optical telescopes that scan large areas of the sky and whose scopes can overlap to increase light imaging for ground photo blowup of targets.
These craft will be protected with fighters that will also have relay radio/laser transponders. No processing will be done on the craft. There images will be scanned and sent down by laser or masers when cloud cover needs to be penetrated, or microwave as an absolute backup. What electronics is on board will be heavily protected by dampening and by hardened electronics. Transmissions will be highly compressed. Fighters will be able to transpond as relays when problems with ground contact happen. If necessary, the planes can send preplanned data to the ground fire control. Let us say 10 pulses of radio signal are sent out at varying time differences. These time differences mean something. So time delay pulse one chooses between 250 scenarios. Time delay pulse two breaks down 250 sub-plans. Time delay pulse three breaks down to 250 sub-sub-plans. Ten pulses of time delay open up the universe. The pilots have a heavily protected file with options. They detect a target; feed in coordinates with basic plans suggested. A hardened computer runs through decisions for the rest of the 10 scenarios by preplanned methodology fairly quickly. The ten pulses are sent out as substitute for live optical feed from the arrays. Otherwise ground control does all analysis of optical data, and the pilots and navigator and radioman ensure all works on the plane within rational parameters. They ensure the airborne system operation.
Optical passive detection is harder to interfere with from nuclear detonated EMP. As many components as possible should be optical (buses, etc.) The planes are over or near target site. If the bomb cannot get through it cannot deter the planes. Fighters protect from simultaneously launched aircraft to take out detection aircraft.
So gunships and ack-ack can hit targets at near and possibly mid-course ranges. Hypervelocity cannon has another parameter that might help make the billions spent on anti-missile missiles work reliably.
Chapter 4: Close in Defense
These expensive guns should be recessed in fortifications. They should be protected from bunker busting bombs. One good fairly inexpensive way to do this is to bring back heavy mortars, the kind used in siege warfare. These would have automatic reload. Imagine a large old style mortar with a fitted percussion cap fitted to the bottom of the mortar. A mortar ball of percussion and shaped armor piercing clusters characteristics that cone out in the direction of fire but not back at the gun direction. Mortar shells of this type are enormous and and have large explosive power. They are so powerful that a 10 ton bunker busting projectile moving to target at hundreds of miles and hour could be easily deflected by percussion and/or armor piercing projectile destroying its integrity, detonation mechanism by premature detonation or failure to detonate on impact. A wobbling bunker buster will not penetrate the target even if it detonates. These guns are swiveled as with all such mortars. These mortars swivel 360 degrees. Underneath the carriage, the mortar is cleared of any potential debris that might be left, a percussion cap inserted, a rolling ball sent down the cartridge carriage, pushed up into the mortar. The sides of the containing cylinder keep the ball in place as the gun swivels into firing mode. A fuzz buster type fire control ejects the shell at the optimal time. The shell being powerful should go sufficiently far away to minimize shock to the base.
Because of the great power and close in support nature of the shell, accuracy is not a great problem. But modern chemistry producing predictable percussion gaps, precision made barrels and shells fired at computer accurate timing, will have no problem in reaching target proximity. The fuse must be proximity type of one sort or another. Fire control could try for a direct impact at bunker buster nose, or fire around the sides to toss it off course or even to disintegrate the projectile in flight. I have no doubt that dollar for dollar, these relatively inexpensive old fashioned high tech renewed weapons could win a battle with expensive delivery aircraft or other systems, and the projectiles cheaper than the bunker busters. The mortar would also do a good job of breaking up free fall bomb loads by disintegration before impact, knocking them off course and destroying their aerodynamic ability to fall on target or by pre-ignition of the explosive charge. Dollar for dollar, they would be cheaper than the free fall bombs and attendant delivery system. These mortars could also be used on surface ships and army ground units to break up cruise missiles. They are cheap, fairly low tech, of known historic value and easy to comprehend. They ain’t rocket science, you know, but could even destroy an incoming rocket with precise timing. I do not imagine myself the armchair Marshall Vauban of America without reason.
Chapter 5: Missile Fire Control
Can we not do something about fire control reliability to recoup all the billions spent on missile defense? Fire control is why the defense is flawed. In my essay on high G forces, I surmised a way to increase the capacity of men to endure high G forces. In another essay I talked about using big dumb rockets to launch elemental components in to space orbit such as water, dry ice, other liquids, metal struts, maybe solar panels. Putting the two together, I have another high G proposal linked to good fire control for strategic missile air defense. This also fits in with hyper-velocity cannon technology, bringing all endeavors to bear on multiple problems.
You remember Jules Verne and his fantasy trip to the moon by shooting a spaceship out of a cannon. H.G. Wells had his ship with his Cavourite (flubber of Walt Disney in effect). Verne mocked that since at least his craft was based on real and known science. Of course, there is the high G problem.
Surprisingly, to me at least, is how little energy nitroglycerin and other explosives possess by volume and weight. Slow burn sources such as coal have 5 or 6 or 7 times the energy. Petroleum has even more energy per volume. No wonder why fossil fuels are so convenient to us. However, explosives have some advantages as propellants. The fuel is not carried in the ship. Engine weight is not in the ship. Lifting these take much energy. Explosives have fast insertion into aerospace.
My big dumb rockets are simple (previous essay surmise), tough, heavily vibrating craft that put simple necessary stuff into orbit on the cheap. They do not have stringent and expensive quality control since the payload is cheap. My rockets also surmise a compromise between explosives and rocket engines. If you shoot a rocket into the high atmosphere by explosive energy, part of the lift problem is solved. When rockets burn at high altitude they are more efficient. You need less fuel and smaller engines to complete orbital insertion. Because the rockets are fundamental and cheap, they can endure high G insertion. These rockets achieve precision in insertion by turning on and off sufficiently to get to the right point. Because they insert basic stuff, space cowboys are already up there to corral the craft into high tech factories and bases. So the Saturn V type rockets are not necessary.
By the way, big dumb rockets can also sweep space clean of debris. Great nets are launched with low acceleration, long endurance ion engines attached. Pick an area to sweep. You can slow the net or speed up the net. Accelerate the net while pointing long burn rockets upwards. This will keep the net in orbit at a faster speed that will overtake particles ahead of it. Slow the net down by pointing rockets downward. Vector addition keeps the net in an orbit not natural to that orbital speed. When sufficient junk is collected and the net damaged by objects at elliptical orbits hitting too fast, it can be processed at space junkyards or burned up in the atmosphere. This cleans up debris from civilian and military use during anti-missile defense at a reliable rate and method. The nets should have hooks and padding to grab particles slowly advanced upon, or slowly backed into. Only elliptical orbital debris moving too fast would puncture the net. These nets could cover a lot of territory in weightless space. The ion engines could be collected and reused for replacement nets.
Now about my new high G proposal. Big dumb rockets with explosive insertion, or even without explosive insertion can be wide body. This is because their purpose is to put heavy payloads of cheap items into orbit. In the the case of water, insertion of oxygen and hydrogen are inserted in compact form as well. Instead of freezing the water, we leave the container in liquid form and tightly packed. We put round space capsules in the liquid with the ability to rotate on command, with cables attached to the inside of the container, allowing men to adjust capsule position while inserting into space. This will shield the men from the extreme vibration of these big dumb rockets. Because the rockets are well built, and the metal of the rockets will go to scrapyards in space for reuse in factories and bases, the ship can endure such vibrations, whereas a Saturn V would simply disintegrate from such vibrations. But the men in these round capsules could survive. These big dumb rockets would have tighter quality control (more expensive) since men are onboard.
We would have 3 Army paratroopers in each capsule. These men would go back to earth by being picked up in space. Knowledge of flight will not be needed to any degree. Only being used to vomiting, and in desperation parachuting out of the craft will be necessary. More on that a few paragraphs down.
Space cowboys remove these capsules from the big dumb rockets and set them in orbit. These are optical and infrared detector craft with a few solar panels, embedded fractal designed antennas on their surfaces and a low frequency trailing antenna wire. They have multiple windows about the globe that have embedded telescopic potential in addition to the array scopes. Eyepieces can be used by the paratroopers to magnify objects. The central processor automatically converts sweeps of space, ground and ocean surfaces down to earth or up to satellites and down to surface receivers. Naval, Air Force and Army command centers with hundreds of people on duty and supercomputers constantly updating disposition of potential enemy forces, confirmation of location of their own forces, etc. The paratroopers simply make sure all runs well in the capsule, and does some spot checking on a priority basis when requested. Capcom and the senior paratrooper prioritize requests as to importance for surveillance.
The capsule can put out a low frequency trailing antenna to communicate with attack and strategic submarines underwater, giving them a detailed layout of dispositions of shipping and craft around their current area of combat disposition. This is extremely valuable to them. Command centers monitor and send up to the capsules such information for retransmission down to submarines. Because these capsules send signals near the subs and directly down from above, their low energy signal is better able to penetrate the ocean depths. Naval command sends out five or ten time delayed coded pulses to each unit. The submarine computer has a vast library of scenarios as described earlier in this essay. These ten pulses will give the submarine command extremely detailed information. Imagine 255 to the power of ten. That is a lot of information. Captains could know locations, types of craft, nationality, current likelihood of unfriendly behavior as determined Naval command at Pearl Harbor or Sand Diego or Washington, etc. So the capsule not only looks for incoming missiles but for missiles from ground and sea along with all military units.
These capsules are highly reflective to deter laser attack. They are bright stars easily seen by even civilians in other countries. We make no attempt to hide their purpose, size or basic characteristics. We do not send them directly over potential enemy nuclear launch sites as this is provocative. If we have at least three in orbit, one will always be over the general area of American territory. The other two will be in areas better able to detect missile launches. I think having a dozen of these with 36 paratroopers up at any time is entirely feasible. Moreover, the information from these craft will supplement analysis of weather, seismic disturbances, gravitational anomalies, solar activity, all of which is vital to our understanding of the earth we live on. First learn to avoid droughts, earthquakes, etc. Then think of deterring them when the sorcerers’ apprentice fear of making things worse becomes less likely. Also note that weather, seismic activity is a potential military threat in the future, until we have a prosperous peaceful world.
Foreign monitors will be able to easily see that these capsules are too small to do any truly serious damage. Their orbits will be fairly predictable. Telescopes will note if weapons racks have been added. They can verify that the size of the craft are as advertised. This information allows enemies to better able destroy them. But that is a tripwire that indicates an attack. Sometimes the pointman is killed, but that serves a purpose. Twelve of these will automatically see launches. Playback by NORAD will count decoys within minutes or seconds. In other words, a missile that comes up fast will be quickly detected, optical info played back will show what decoys have been deployed, indicating the main ship. They might indicate inflation of decoy, proving decoy identity. All this gives our missiles the kind of early warning precise targeting they require. Our missiles will then be able to hit the broad side of a barn quite reliably.
Strong defense requires informing the enemy that we are strong but not threatening. Strength deters attack by reason of strength. Non-threatening behavior deters attack by calming the nerves of opponents who suspect a sneak attack, first strike. If you truly want peace through strength, this is how to do it. A nervous, weaker enemy, will avoid a suspected sneak attack by attacking first out of desperation, and hope that a first strike will offset its weakness. Anyway, they will feel they have no choice other than abject surrender.
As for capsule crew and capsule retrieval. The crew will be retrieved in space. In an emergency, the capsule can do a bounce off the atmosphere slowdown to get down to earth. They have no heat shield, other than the shielding to protect from laser strikes behind their shiny surface. They can rotate the craft to spread heat dissipation during bounce reentry. This is a method of reentry never used, but desperation requires desperate measures. In this case, once in the atmosphere, the craft breaks apart into three sections by explosive bolts or manual separation with muscle power and levers. The paratroopers parachute to earth and hope for search and rescue to retrieve them.
These capsules can be cannibalized in space to retrieve valuable equipment, and the hull sent to scrapyards or burned up in reentry. In some cases, a reentry frame can be inserted about the capsule. This would allow reentry in the usual reentry method. The paratroopers would be removed beforehand and one of the space cowboys would bring it down to earth. Space cowboys would be highly trained NASA or military astronauts. Paratroopers would simply act as advance reconnaissance in a space environment. Their capsule would have minimal flight control. The emergency bounce insertion would be largely programmed and approved by surface command. Paratroopers are trained for ballsy descents, but they would probably all die on reentry attempt anyway.
I consider these capsules so valuable to our military, industrial and science that they are well worth the ongoing effort. Oswald Spengler thought that blood or money controlled the fates of nations. And this from a so called philosopher? A degenerate scumbag! It is by wisdom that great nations rise. By folly they fall. By wisdom great armies arise and great victories won. By folly vast armies are defeated by smaller foes. Knowledge of all types is wisdom. Wealth is generated by wisdom. Money has no value without wealth. The thief and scoundrel can get money through vice, but this money has no value without wealth, and wealth comes from wisdom. My ancestors and yours came to this country to pay the bills. Roman monuments in Washington do not make us Romans. Debts or no debts, we still need to pay the bills which requires wisdom to generate wealth. Henry Kissinger and Paul Wolfowitz can go back to Europe, to Metternich land or to Israel to destroy them again with their covenant with death drivel, just as their ancestors destroyed Israel two and a half millennia ago. Netanyahu is more than welcome to them. Dick Cheney and George W, Mitt Romney can pop on yarmulkes and join them. These scumbags are not going to destroy my country without opposition from me. Scumbags from ignorance factories of Harvard, MIT and other scumbag places. Foggy Bottom morons and the evil morons who think they know better than Foggy Bottom morons with their covenants of death must be offset by American military virtues and skill. Screw you scumbags.
Other Works by the Author
Collected Poems I
Collected Poems II
Elements of Physics: Matter
Elements of Physics: Space
Elements of Physics: Time
Unified Field Theory: An Essay
Space as Infinity II
Golden Age Essays
Golden Age Essays II
Golden Age Essays III
Golden Age Essays IV
Golden Age Essays V
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A preface notes that current US missile defense missiles could not hit the broad side of a barn except under ideal conditions. Scope of essay laid out. Chapter 1 proposes that hyper-velocity ack-ack guns can destroy incoming warheads with high reliability and achievable technology. It lays out the basics. Chapter 2 suggests that hyper-velocity gunships might extend the range of the cannons. I suggest counterbalanced recoil as an option to keep the gunship stable. I suggest that smart shells might survive high velocity when launched at rarefied atmosphere, eliminating the need for a highly stable gunship platform. Chapter 3 spells out optical phased array aircraft to control ack-ack during firing. Chapter 4 explains need to harden ack-ack site. Proposes bringing back big mortars with auto reload to knock bunker buster bombs and free fall bombs out of controlled flight to secure hardened sites. Chapter 5 discusses how high G and big dumb rockets could insert a dozen manned phased array capsules into space to allow targeting of incoming nukes. They would detect decoys, early fire, offer comprehensive command and control for US forces throughout the entire threat environment, including cruise missiles. Suggest these have valuable resources for US high tech and economy.