The reason I always harp on stories about missile defense is that the missile defense program is emblematic of government activity that’s expensive, useless, and exists only for symbolic value. It’s hard to make progress when it comes to preventing weapons proliferation, so the government comes up with these missile defense programs that will theoretically keep us safe from the bad people who want to kill us. The only good thing you can say about missile defense is that unlike invading other countries, at least these programs aren’t actually killing people.
Anyway, the latest absurd turn is that in response to threatened North Korean missile tests, the Pentagon has changed the status of the test system in Alaska that never worked to operational. It doesn’t work any better than it did before, but it’s no longer in test mode. That’s a relief.