Nuclear Warfare and the Impact on the Aerospace Industry

Abigail Johnson/Correspondent

Besides spacecraft and airplanes, engineering students here at Embry-Riddle can also learn how to handle and create missiles and devices for military purposes. While a huge responsibility lies on the shoulders of these engineers, it also comes with a question of concern in the US: what will possible nuclear warfare mean for future Embry-Riddle students? If, in the near future, the US had a reason to participate in a war that involved WMDs, would the aerospace industry shift to focus on weaponry? While it is hard to predict how the United States would respond to this act, engineering students would have the background required to create these weapons and devices the military would need.

North Korea continues to grow as a threat to the US as their knowledge and ownership of missiles and explosives becomes more sophisticated. With the aggression North Korea has clearly expressed towards our country, it is only a matter of time before the country makes a first dangerous move. A road that leads to nuclear war seems possible at this point in history due to the progression of research going into WMDs and missiles worldwide, despite political nuclear proliferation policies. Hopefully, it will never come to this, but it is a future one must consider. As students going into the aerospace industry, Embry-Riddle students have the privilege of being taught and trained by some of the best instructors in the world for their professions, as well as the privilege to gain experience that will allow them to excel in their future careers. With this, however, comes the responsibility and the duty of serving the public, which can sometimes be a difficult task to carry out depending on the assignment. If the time comes where the aerospace industry shifts to manufacturing weaponry, engineering students will definitely have to consider the opportunities and responsibilities of going into their careers during a time of advanced warfare.