Space Weapons

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Should the U.S. place limits on the development of space weapons? What should go in the category of space weapon? What challenges will be faced in the development of space weapons? How will these developments tie into furthering technology for space travel? How will these advances affect life here on earth?

Currently the United States does not have weapons of mass destruction in space. The United States does have tactical devices in space providing defense and supporting campaigns that take place here on earth. The United States can jam or destroy enemy satellite ground control stations with aircraft or special operations forces.1 Using surveillance satellites U.S. military forces are able to utilize the most up to date intelligence available giving the U.S. military a distinct tactical advantage. Weather reports everywhere on the planet are available at any given moment. The weaponization of space is the next logical step for the U.S. military. There are currently four main classifications of space weapons. One is directed energy weapons which use focused energy transmitted at the speed of light to destroy targets. Directed energy weapons could destroy targets on or above the earth’s surface. This type of weapon uses a large amount of fuel to destroy a target as it requires the light beam to stay on target long enough to create the necessary heat to destroy it. The other three types all destroy targets by delivering mass to the target by either using kinetic energy due to velocity and mass or the stored chemical energy of conventional explosives.1 Kinetic weapons designed to destroy a target above earth’s surface would use impact velocity to do the job. A large number of satellites would be needed to constantly have a satellite...

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...r against the weaponization of space it will most likely be a reality in the relatively near future. The sooner the U.S. funds programs to work on this the better. Whoever rules space will rule the planet.

Works Cited

1. B. Lambeth, Mastering the Ultimate High Ground: Next Steps in the Military Uses of Space ( Kindle: RAND, 1999) 1-193

2. B. Preston, Space Weapons: Earth Wars (Kindle: RAND, 2002)1-205

3. M. Kaku, Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel ( Kindle: Anchor, 2008) 1-329

4. R. Handberg, Ballistic Missile Defense and the Future of American Security: Agendas, Perceptions. Technology, and Policy (Kindle: Praeger, 2001)1-264

5. A. Woolf, Missile Defense, Arms Control, and Deterrence: A New Strategic Framework (Kindle: Ninety-Nice Cent, 2009) 1-80

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