The best defense is...
Posted by Skyler Frink
The best defense has changed throughout time. While the old phrase "the best defense is a good offense" has been popular, is it always true?
As times change it seems the best defense has changed with it. Trench warfare showed us the best defense is, indeed, a good defense. The cold war turned around and showed us that the best defense was a good offense (that you chose not to use, lest the other side use their own good offense).
Now we are at a time where the best defense is early detection. Everywhere from airports to the front lines are utilizing advanced forms of detection, which is currently as the best way of preventing an attack or halting one that has already begun.
We possess systems that can prevent any manner of attack, from our missile intercept systems , anti-torpedo measures and even a vehicle-arresting barrier , if we know an attack is being carried out we are capable of halting it (or at least severely limiting the damage done).
However, these systems are worthless if they can't detect a threat before it is too late. This is what has caused a paradigm shift, and led to many of the technological advancements of the day. From the full body scanners at airports to the new radar systems used by our military, we have begun pushing for more accurate and earlier detection.
After all, what's the point of a system that can stop a missile mid-flight if you don't even know the threat is there in the first place?