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What Does Iron Dome Prove About Antimissile Systems?

The early success of Israel’s Iron Dome system may not mark a turning point for missile defense

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What Does Iron Dome Prove About Antimissile Systems?
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Fifty years ago last month, U.S. president John F. Kennedy said that Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union, had made an empty boast about his country’s anti missile missiles. “What you are trying to do is shoot a bullet with a bullet,” Kennedy said, coining an oft-repeated phrase. “Now, if you have a thousand bullets coming at you, that is a terribly difficult task which we have not mastered yet, and I don’t think he has. The offense has the advantage.”

Has Israel’s Iron Dome missile system finally proved the case for the defense? In November, during a six-day barrage from Gaza, the system reportedly intercepted about 85 percent of the rockets its algorithms deemed worth shooting at. 

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report

These two dozen technical projects should make significant advances in the coming year

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Top Tech 2023: A Special Report
Edmon DeHaro

Each January, the editors of IEEE Spectrum offer up some predictions about technical developments we expect to be in the news over the coming year. You’ll find a couple dozen of those described in the following special report. Of course, the number of things we could have written about is far higher, so we had to be selective in picking which projects to feature. And we’re not ashamed to admit, gee-whiz appeal often shaped our choices.

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