To give more margin for error, I propose that a missile defense system be designed with a robust, elastic net that is sewn with nodes of explosives. The intercepting missile could discharge the net just before reaching the threat, spreading it wide enough so the threat will try to pass through it. The high strength net (nanofiber? carbon fiber? steel mesh? polymer?) would collapse around the threat as it tries to puncture through, swinging the explosive charges into the sides of the threat, where they would explode and neutralize it. And of course, these conventional explosives would not detonate the nuclear mechanism.
CATEGORY: Defense / Transportation