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Battleship Earth: Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?
Foreign Policy ^ | May 30, 2012 | Cara Parks and Joshua E. Keating

Posted on 06/05/2012 9:15:26 AM PDT by C19fan

As summer blockbuster season kicks into high gear, big-budget action movies like The Avengers, Battleship, and Prometheus remind us that there's one thing that unites Americans: Our shared fear of an alien attack. They also remind us that when the invading space fleet arrives, humanity is not going to surrender without a fight to our intergalactic invaders. Instead, we will band together to fight off their incredibly advanced weaponry with our ... well, with what, exactly? Are we really ready to battle our would-be alien overlords?

Luckily, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, as well as some of the world's largest weapons manufacturers, are dreaming up the weapons of the future today. With the help of everything from lasers on jets to hypersonic planes to invisibility cloaks, we just might be able to make the battle for Earth a fair fight. You may think we're joking, but why else would NASA be uploading The Avengers to the International Space Station if not as a training manual? Here's a look at some of the most space-worthy inventions being cooked up now.

(Excerpt) Read more at foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Science; UFO's
KEYWORDS: aliens; invasion
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Keep it simple. Get the Ruskie design for the 50 MT Tsar Bomba, hee hee.
1 posted on 06/05/2012 9:15:32 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
More fantasy scenarios from the unbelievers.

Romans 8:19-23 . . .
2 posted on 06/05/2012 9:20:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: C19fan
Don't worry ...


3 posted on 06/05/2012 9:21:48 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: C19fan

If aliens have the ability to travel far enough to get to Earth from anywhere else, we better hope they are friendly. That kind of technology will probably include some pretty awesome death rays.


4 posted on 06/05/2012 9:22:22 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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“Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?”

Hummmm...but we can’t keep our borders safe....

Does anybody see the irony in that?


5 posted on 06/05/2012 9:23:31 AM PDT by PrairieLady2
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To: C19fan

Any aliens intent upon invasion and technologically able to cross the vast gulf of space between where they were and where we are would presumably be of sufficient technological advancement that we wouldn’t stand a chance.

I for one welcome our new alien overlords./s

It is a scenario so unlikely - and one in which any action we take at this time would almost certainly be futile - I wouldn’t waste more than a minute contemplating or planning for such.


6 posted on 06/05/2012 9:24:13 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: C19fan
If any alien life form is advanced enough to fly millions of light years to reach Earth, I figure we're cooked already.

I, for one, will welcome our new overlords....


7 posted on 06/05/2012 9:24:20 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: C19fan

We’re gonna defeat them....riiiiiiiight.

To cross interstellar space, they have access to energies far beyond our capabilities.

Their technology compared to ours is akin to Einstein’s brain compared to the Obamadork.


8 posted on 06/05/2012 9:24:41 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: C19fan
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9 posted on 06/05/2012 9:25:37 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: C19fan

One thing which all such scifi flicks have wrong... The cost of interstellar travel would dwarf the value of anything you could hope to take or steal from another star system. The ONLY rational motives there could be for interstellar travel would be knowledge, or escape.


10 posted on 06/05/2012 9:26:51 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: C19fan

We have the right weapons, we just need a working delivery system to their home planet.

Politicians and lawyers.

QED.


11 posted on 06/05/2012 9:27:43 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: C19fan

Hard to take a thread like this seriously, are you poking at us?

There can be no ‘alien’ that is not subject to God’s will.
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12 posted on 06/05/2012 9:28:02 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: C19fan

How would they cross the vastness of interstellar space? Alpha Centauri is 40 trillion kilometers away from us.


13 posted on 06/05/2012 9:30:03 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: C19fan
Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?

It...is...too...late...Hello McFly.

14 posted on 06/05/2012 9:30:33 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Article 58)
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To: C19fan
Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?

I'm sure it does, but they have to be deployed at the borders to be effective, and that isn't happening.

15 posted on 06/05/2012 9:30:59 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: C19fan

Of all the things....how about we focus on defeating the earthbound twin threats of Communism and Islamofacism first.


16 posted on 06/05/2012 9:32:29 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: varmintman

Food or living space come to mind.


17 posted on 06/05/2012 9:33:00 AM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: editor-surveyor
"There can be no ‘alien’ that is not subject to God’s will."

Yet there have been Christan nations invaded by non-christians. I'm not sure what your point is here.

18 posted on 06/05/2012 9:33:44 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: USNBandit
If aliens have the ability to travel far enough to get to Earth from anywhere else, we better hope they are friendly. That kind of technology will probably include some pretty awesome death rays.

Hopefully interstellar travel is pretty simple like in Harry Turtledove's The Road Not Taken. Otherwise we would be about like the Aztecs and Incas standing up to the Spanish.

19 posted on 06/05/2012 9:37:29 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: BenLurkin

I picture the aliens landing, saying howdy to us and ask us why we never made contact with them.

When told that we have satellites and space craft that have been sending signals for the last 50 years, they tell us L Ron Hubbard was their contact here on earth and why didn’t we listen.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 9:37:41 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: KarlInOhio

Road not Taken is one of my all time favorite stories simply because it is such an unusual concept.


21 posted on 06/05/2012 9:41:26 AM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: C19fan


No worries. Got it covered...
23 posted on 06/05/2012 9:42:09 AM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: C19fan

I suspect aliens have already nosed around Earth, studied its inhabitants, and said, “no thanks”.


24 posted on 06/05/2012 9:42:32 AM PDT by gdani
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To: C19fan

Playing along with this little game, probably not. We are not even close to being a Type I civilization yet; aliens travelling here would be at least early Type II civ’s and not something we want to mess with.


25 posted on 06/05/2012 9:44:12 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: C19fan

26 posted on 06/05/2012 9:44:52 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: AndrewB

"They blew up Congress....HA HA HA HA HA HA!"

27 posted on 06/05/2012 9:45:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Maceman
I'm sure it does, but they have to be deployed at the borders to be effective, and that isn't happening.

I believe you've hit upon the definitive answer. Spot on.

28 posted on 06/05/2012 9:46:12 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: C19fan

Travis Taylor, among others, has actually examined this in a scholarly fashion.

Basically, the only we can win is to swamp them with bodies, and hope their resupply and on-site fabrication can’t keep up. And hope they can’t just exterminate us with an engineered disease, etc.


29 posted on 06/05/2012 9:48:52 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: USNBandit

Or just a styrofoam cup hitting earth at .99c.


30 posted on 06/05/2012 9:50:53 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: varmintman
The ONLY rational motives there could be for interstellar travel would be knowledge, or escape.

Or they need a new home. In which case, we'd be in their way and would be quickly eradicated.

Stephen Hawking has made a pretty compelling argument that maybe we shouldn't try and contact alien civilizations. It wouldn't be anything like Columbus and native Americans. It would be closer to humans vs. ants. When was the last time you tried to engage in diplomatic negotiations with that fire ant hill in your back yard? You didn't. You eradicated it swiftly without any troubling thought.

This is what aliens would do to us.

31 posted on 06/05/2012 9:54:32 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: C19fan

Just start broadcasting Debbie Wasserman Shultz from every frequency, then stand back and watch their heads exploding.


32 posted on 06/05/2012 9:56:00 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Zapp Brannigan

Exactly. Was it rational to build the pyramids? I reckon to the slaves it was a moot point.

Poul Anderson has a novel called “the High Crusade” where the alien conquerors descend on medieval britan and get their spaceship siezed by the completely savage knights when they charge it.

Freegards


33 posted on 06/05/2012 9:57:48 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: C19fan
We've got plenty of weapons...here's a few:


34 posted on 06/05/2012 10:02:28 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: C19fan
No problem

35 posted on 06/05/2012 10:03:54 AM PDT by Rio
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To: KarlInOhio

I’ll have to read that. I’ve considered the possibility that we’re missing certain technologies simply because we think inside a certain box. That’s why I think its important to at least consider some pretty wild ideas.


36 posted on 06/05/2012 10:06:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Ransomed
Exactly. Was it rational to build the pyramids? I reckon to the slaves it was a moot point.

More modern evidence has shown that the great pyramids were built by a paid labor force. One of the things they paid them in, was beer.

37 posted on 06/05/2012 10:07:33 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: PrairieLady2

> “Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?”
> Hummmm...but we can’t keep our borders safe....
> Does anybody see the irony in that?

We already have a alien invasion. It’s taking place at our Southern border.
We could always try out new weapons on the South of the border aliens as we prepare for invasion by space aliens.


38 posted on 06/05/2012 10:08:30 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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To: C19fan

Spending money on this would be as big a waste as trying to prevent global warming. The energies and technologies involved in FTL space ships would outclass anything we will be able to produce for at least 100 years. Our greatest weapon is our minds and our indomitable spirits.


39 posted on 06/05/2012 10:12:32 AM PDT by albionin (A gawn fit's eye gettin.)
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To: USNBandit
If aliens have the ability to travel far enough to get to Earth from anywhere else, we better hope they are friendly. That kind of technology will probably include some pretty awesome death rays.

The conquistadors who landed in South America has awesome weapons relative to the Indians they found there. They also were a hell of a long way from resupply, which would be a vulnerability.

Any actual alien invader would probably not bother with death rays. They would just tow a few asteroids into intercept orbits against the Earth. A few hundred-megaton-equivalent hits on major cities and the governments of Earth would be very compliant.

40 posted on 06/05/2012 10:16:16 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: moonshot925
Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallee concluded, after years of study, that the aliens purportedly abducting humans (grays, reptilians, etc.) were "extradimensional"...not extraterrestrial.

They are either folding space (the space-time continuum), simply moving between dimensions with technology, or projecting themselves holographically into our dimension without actually entering it.

41 posted on 06/05/2012 10:16:16 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Sow the wind...reap the whirlwind!)
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To: gdani
I suspect aliens have already nosed around Earth, studiedsampled its inhabitants, and said, “no thanks”.
42 posted on 06/05/2012 10:17:44 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: circlecity

We have a expanding protective sphere 20+ light years out of “Prairie Home Companion” that will convince anyone that if they approach closer the levels of boredom will become lethal.

Freegards


43 posted on 06/05/2012 10:19:10 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Drew68

In his Playboy interview many years ago, this subject was brought up with Stanley Kubrick. He said, “If an alien ant at my feet scrawls out ‘Let’s talk’ in the sand, I’m not going to step on him.”


44 posted on 06/05/2012 10:22:45 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Paradox

Yeah, I have actually heard that before. Either way, they were built, rational or not.

Freegards


45 posted on 06/05/2012 10:23:16 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: C19fan

This role is delegated to 3rd grade classrooms, where the students have been provided with soda straws and asked to manufacture their own spitwads.
It will be more than sufficient.


46 posted on 06/05/2012 10:23:20 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: varmintman

“TO SERVE MAN”

It’s a COOKBOOK.


47 posted on 06/05/2012 10:28:16 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Ransomed

We are so full of our selves. Why would an alien want to come to an obscure planet in an obscure galaxy?


48 posted on 06/05/2012 10:30:05 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: C19fan
When the aliens descend from the clouds and many of their agents among us are called up to meet and join the oncoming army, it is all over. There will be nothing the armies of the world can do but surrender or die fighting.

I welcome Christ's return.

49 posted on 06/05/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: C19fan

There was a Science Channel documentary on this a few months ago. According to them, the only real hope we’d have of surviving it and defeating the aliens would be to fight them with guerrilla warfare tactics, which is the classical way an inferior force can defeat a superior force.

Out here, far from their resupply lines, they would have a finite number of “men” (robots?) and a finite amount of equipment. If we could somehow continue the struggle for years, their losses would add up and make it too costly for them to continue. So they would give up and leave, go look for easier pickings. So says the Science Channel.


50 posted on 06/05/2012 10:35:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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