Coming back to one of my old obsessions, the New York Times reports that our soon to be deployed missile defense system is still an incredibly expensive joke. My experience in software engineering tells me that this is a death march project with a hard deadline that is going to be a huge flop when it’s released, err, deployed. And that’s aside from the fact that the system’s ability to serve its intended purpose is completely implausible.

Update: Here’s Fred Kaplan’s take.