No Plan for Space Missile Interception

Jun 29th, 2015
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ominously, "If the [United States] is to avoid a 'space Pearl Harbor,' it needs to take seriously the possibility of an attack on U.S. space systems. The nation's leaders must assure that the vulnerability of the United States is reduced.

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Resolution: The affirm resolves that the United States Federal Government should substantially increase the development and exploration of space beyond the Earth's mesosphere.Contention 1: InherencyInherency- international treaties prohibit U.S. Progression in space weaponization.CIAO Focus May 2004 (CIAO Focus, May 2004: Space Weapons, http://www.ciaonet.org/focus/focus_0405.html)Given recent public statements and military assessments, such as the Air Force's Vision 2020 report, the deployment of space weapons has the air of inevitability. The weaponization of outer space is controlled through norms and treaties, most notably the 1967 Outer Space Treaty which prohibited the deployment of weapons of mass destruction in space and was signed by 97 countries, including the United States. The treaty bans weapons of mass destruction from space, defined as "nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction." Space weapons fall into three general categories: those that would defend against ballistic missile attacks, those that attack or defend satellites, and those that would strike terrestrial targets. Proponents of space weaponization argue that since the United States spends 65% of the world expenditure on commercial satellites and approximately 95% of the world expenditure on military space uses, the government must provide for defensive measures to protect such assets. Space weapons could also be used to make preemptive strikes against enemy targets and, po

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