I'm glad to hear it's starting to work better. .500 might be a good batting average, but it's not such a great record when the score is keeping the country safe.
I like the idea of a ballistic missile defense system, and while some of the people who complain about them have good points, I think the benefits outweigh the problems. If we had a good missle defense system, we would no longer need to deter people with our own nukes, so we could finaly get rid of them.
In my opinion, this is long overdue. No one in the world actually believes that America will use it's nukes again. It's just too big a cost...not only is there the environmental and death tolls, but there will be a huge political toll as well. Also, the longer we keep our nukes, the longer other coutries feel the need to do so...and those stockpiles draw terrorists like flies to honey. If we could get rid of our nukes, then the world would be a better place...not to mention our defense budget would decrease dramatically.
The last benefit to a missle defense system is that no country could launch ballistic missiles at any other country. That means that the whole world would be protected, not just America. This is good. It wouldn't fix the problem of suitcase nukes, but getting rid of the nukes we and other countries have would go a long way towards fixing this. The suitcase nukes still need to be produced, and if there is no demand for the one type, then it'll be harder to make the other.