Table: The Good News on Missile Defense
Ronald Reagan didn't have SCUDs in mind, but Star Wars research will help protect soldiers in the battlefield from these and other missiles.
Protecting a whole nation is a long shot, but even Star Wars critics say we can improve the technology to shoot down missiles shortly after they launch on the battlefield.
Fanatics may some day go for ICBMs, as tighter security closes off their other options. At that point, some of the technology developed for battlefield defense could be applied to a national defense scheme.