Adam L. Silverman, PhD*
Captain of Engineering Montgomery Scott was right (or will be as his character lives in the 23rd Century): "Ya canna change the laws of physics..."
One of Israel's major defenses against the Hamas rocket attacks emanating from Gaza is their Iron Dome missile defense system. According to experts it is NOT actually doing what it is designed to do. Richard Lloyd, a former Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, recently stated that: "The Iron Dome interceptors need to hit an incoming rocket head-on to have much hope of detonating a warhead... And initial visual analysis of the engagements in recent days shows that the interceptions that are occurring are from the side or behind, which provide 'essentially a zero chance of destroying the warhead,' based on the basic physics of such engagements".
It is, apparently, very hard to hit a bullet, no matter how big and how advanced one's software, head on with another bullet. Who could have known?
* Adam L. Silverman is the Cultural Advisor at the US Army War College. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Army War College and/or the US Army.