Multani: Anti-missle defense systems onboard ships are that effective, thats why you don't use missles against ships, you use torpedos and heavy gun shells as they are much much more difficult to stop. Missles are for attacking ground targets and air units which can't stop them without great difficulty, planes can try to dodge and have limited supplies of counter measures such as chaff and flares, but beyond that they're toast. As for ground units, well.....tanks just aren't that nimble. And bunkers are fairly hard to carry around too. Thats why missles are still used, for long range ground assault. Sadly missles can't be guided on their final approach to get around anti-missle defenses because other then cruise missles and the large land assault missles, they don't have user interface guidance systems, they have target lock guidance, which means they are locked onto their target from the launch apparatus, whether its from a plane or a FaF system and follow it till they detonate, lose the lock, or run out of fuel. This is one of the reasons the US really doesn't like the new cruise missle the Chinese got from the Russians, because it can penetrate their ship board defenses with a higher then 60% effectiveness and packs enough of a punch to sink in a single shot, possible two if needed on larger vessles. The anti-missle systems onboard US ships have been tested against a major power, themselves. Thats one of the protocols for defensive system prototypes. It comes down to the basic logic of, "If we can get a shot through, then someone else probably can too, so we don't want it." Thats why I've got those wonderful pictures of cruise missle test dummies full of holes. They, (the US test gerbils) fire them at ships outfitted with the new system running and if its shot down its good, if it gets through it bounces off the hull leaving a nasty mar in the paint, maybe a slight dent. Most systems go through a year or more worth of field tests before they can even get funding from congress to produce them. I can't agree with you on the specs being exagerated as I think they should actually be able to do better by now. *shrugs* Though I do agree that I think its unlikely for the US to use military engagement to defend taiwan, its just Bushy doing some muscle flexing.