The Federation for American Scientists (FAS) posted a copy of a report on MANPADS (anti-surface-to-air missile technology) that details the Phase II findings of DHS S&T’s MANPADS program. The report sounds an optimistic tone about system viability and further testing, but if you read it carefully, adding up the many barriers to implementation (e.g. cost, liability, ITAR issues, deployment challenges), and if you look at the fact that the program is all but zeroed out in the FY 2007 budget request (down from $110 million to $5 million), the reality is much bleaker for the program – at this point, for good reason. Given the cost, budget realities, and the current threat environment, it doesn’t make sense right now to move forward with a full-scale national MANPAD implementation. It does make sense to keep testing on a limited basis, keeping open an option for future deployment pending changes in the threat environment and budget conditions – which is apparently what the Department intends to do in Phase III of the program.