Scene 1: Bridge of the Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan positioned off shore from Washington DC. Thursday 8AM EST. In attendance Admiral Harmon (AH), officers and crew of the USSRR, President Trump (PT), Secretary Mattis (SM), Elon Musk (EM), General Adam Baldwin (GAD), Al Gore (AG), Hillary Clinton (HC), Barack Obama (BO)
PT – Okay Steve, we’ve got everyone here we’ll need. Start the exposition.
SM – Mr. President, we’ll start with an update by General Baldwin on the current status of the ships above our cities. Then Mr. Musk will review the status of his team’s scientific results. Finally, former President Obama will speak as representative for the “Resistance,” whatever that means.
PT – Okay General, what can you tell us?
GAD – Mr. President, Gentlemen and Madame Secretary… (interrupted by Hillary)
HC – Stop right there you militaristic sexist Neanderthal. It’s not Madame Secretary anymore it’s Mix Secretary. Join the 21st century you deplorable despicable … (Trump interrupts)
PT – General, wait a second. Admiral, have two seamen escort Hillary off the bridge and throw her over the side.
AH – Literally?
SM – Better hurry Harmon or you’ll be next.
AH – Yes, sir.
HC – You can’t do this! I should be President! I had more popular vote! He’s not qualified! He’s not the future, he’s the past… (voice receding into the distance as she’s dragged away).
PT – Barack, Al, any problems?
AG – Right there with you.
BO – She’s not who we are.
PT – Good. Baldwin, continue.
GAD – As of this morning 0945 hours EST the three ships located over the continental United States have moved into position over New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Based on the decaying signal currently bouncing through our satellites we believe they will deploy their primary offensive weapons at 1200 hours EST. Some cruise missile tests we performed earlier confirm that these ships are completely protected by a force field that protects them from all projectile weapons such as conventional explosives. Unfortunately, we have also determined that this shield is effective against energy weapons such as lasers or even nuclear devices. Essentially, nothing in the American military arsenal will have any effect on these ships. The best we can do is hide our weapons assets to delay their destruction by the small fighter ships housed in the main vessels when they are unleashed.
PT – Sucks to be us. Any comments?
AG – Mr. President, I suggest we send a negotiation team to the local ship here over D.C. and hammer out a deal to avert this looming catastrophe. And because we are ideally suited to see all sides of a problem, that is why myself, President Obama, I mean former President Obama and Madame Secretary Clinton, I mean the assumed late Mix Secretary Clinton joined this meeting. We feel that our well-known empathy for aliens of all sort will allow us to prevent this crisis from ending in bloodshed or the shedding of whatever vital fluid our extragalactic visitors possess.
PT – Wow, that’s a lot of corrections. Does Gore speak for you on this Barry?
BO – I prefer to be addressed as Nobel Peace Prize Winning Light Worker Barack Hussein Obama, Donald.
PT – I’ll bet you do but you didn’t answer the question.
BO – Maybe not how I would have said it but essentially.
PT – Good, I want you two to contact the aliens and see what you can do before we let the bright boys loose on them.
AG – You aren’t going with us?
PT – Do I look crazy? Look no one is forcing you to go there. If I were you, I’d see if you can negotiate at a distance but if you enter that ship you only have until noon to broker some kind of truce. After that we’re going to war.
BO – Don’t worry we’ll be finished well before that point.
PT – Good. General Baldwin, have your flight crew outfit our ambassadors with flight suits and prepare them for their mission.
GAD – Yes sir. This way gentlemen. (Gore and Obama exit the bridge).
PT – Good. Now that those two yahoos are out of earshot Musk, fill us in on what you’ve cooked up.
EM – Mr. President, my team has worked out the physics behind the shield device and we’ve developed a counter measure.
PT – You mean you can turn it off to allow us to attack?
EM – No. Let me give you the specifics. The shield works by absorbing the energy of anything that impinges on the ship being protected. During the time the energy is being absorbed, the impacted area is opaque to the shield sensors. The ship cannot detect a second attack occurring there for at least ten seconds. During this time the shield is still immune to energy weapons even nukes because it’s still able to absorb energy but it is vulnerable to projectile weapons to the extent that material can reach the hull. Now the hull is incredibly strong. It’s literally 100 feet thick and made of hardened alloy, basically proof to projectiles of any type we could muster. But if within that ten second we can hit this opaque spot with a projectile composed of tantalum we will form a coated spot on the hull that will block the action of the shield in that area. We assume that after the initial energy has been absorbed the shield sensors will spot the dead spot on the hull and repair systems will scrape the tantalum away rather quickly. We approximate the time to remove the tantalum as fifteen minutes. But during that time, we have a spot on the hull that will succumb to a nuclear blast. So, the sequence needed is:
- Time Zero – Initial high explosives detonation
- 1 – 9 seconds – Tantalum projectile impact
- 1 minute – 10 minutes – 1 megaton thermonuclear device
PT – Yeah, Poindexter. Is tantalum something you made up like unobtainium or does it exist.
EM – No Mr. President. It’s a relatively common material. There’s probably a good amount of it in your cell phone in the form of a capacitor. It’s a refractory metal with a high melting point and chemical corrosion resistance that resembles that of glass.
PT – Yes we’re all really happy about the wonderful qualities of tantalum but what I want to know is if you’ve got any we can shoot at ET today?
EM – What kind of wunderkind would I be if I didn’t?
PT – Oh Lord give me strength. Fine, just provide the Air Force with the details of how to incorporate your tantalum slug into our cruise missiles. And make sure the programming of the sequence is perfect on this first one or all of us are going to wish we were somewhere else really soon after. And hurry we have about an hour. Mattis, has the negotiating team been blown up yet?
SM – No sir. Their helicopter was permitted entry into the ship.
PT – Were any service member aboard?
SM – No sir. It was remotely piloted. We kind of like our people to live.
PT – Oh good. Any communication back from Gore and Obama?
SM – None sir.
PT – Alright forget ‘em. We’re out of time. Admiral, if you’ve got a chaplain that carries a King James Version have him meet me on the top deck.
AH – Yes Mr. President.
TO BE CONTINUED