Skip to comments.Battleship Earth: Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?
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.
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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.
“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?
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.
I, for one, will welcome our new overlords....
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.
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.
We have the right weapons, we just need a working delivery system to their home planet.
Politicians and lawyers.
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.
How would they cross the vastness of interstellar space? Alpha Centauri is 40 trillion kilometers away from us.
I'm sure it does, but they have to be deployed at the borders to be effective, and that isn't happening.
Of all the things....how about we focus on defeating the earthbound twin threats of Communism and Islamofacism first.
Food or living space come to mind.
Yet there have been Christan nations invaded by non-christians. I'm not sure what your point is here.
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.
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.
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