The U.S. army has four methods to shoot down ballistic missiles. It is a costly strategy, to make sure; and about four out of, their goals have been struck by the four methods in 17 decades of evaluations. But military planners understand when the missiles really soar, a solitary missed intercept might have unspeakably catastrophic effects.

Whether it is U.S. islands such as Guam or Hawaii, coastal cities such as San Diego or New York City, or perceptible lands throughout the sea, the 21st century has significantly increased the danger of ballistic missiles into the United States and its allies.

Dive into our newest unique report Assessing what America would do if a Intercontinental Ballistic Missile tear across the upper air at a rate of almost six to seven km per second — providing folks down under about 20 minutes to start something from the atmosphere in the hopes of an intercept.