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SCFI 2010 NMD File Sloths! Sloths! ___ of ___ Adv C/P: Weaponize Space Text- The United States federal government should develop and deploy offensive and defensive space weapons. The deployment of space weapons to protect our vital space infrastructure is key to prevent a second Pearl Harbor in space, maintain U.S. leadership. Weaponization by Russia and China is inevitable - failure to act carries the greatest risk of conflict. Peter Brookes is a Heritage Foundation senior fellow, June 7, 20 05 , (“Militarizing Space,”http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed060705a.cfm) The latest hysteria surrounds the Bush administration's soon-to-be-issued National Space Policy — the first NSP update since the Clinton administration's in 1996. Three years in the making, the new doctrine will reportedly permit the development of weapons to protect U.S. satellites. Without having seen the final presidential policy decision, the arms-control fanatics are already condemning the new policy with frantic cries of "arms race," "strategic instability" and "militarizing space." Fretting and fearmongering aside, the fact is that the "final frontier" is critical to our national defense . We'd better make darn sure we maintain our competitive edge there. Space is the ultimate military high ground — and critical to maintaining the supremacy (in communications, reconnaissance and so much else) of our GIs. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that whoever holds the upper hand there will hold the upper hand on Earth. If we don't maintain our space superiority, others, such as the Chinese and the Russians, will gladly replace us — guaranteed. The "militarization" of space? Already a fact . Hundreds of military-related communications, navigation and intelligence satellites are in orbit, from a number of nations. The question turns on "weaponizing" space — that is, deploying offensive and defensive space weapons that would protect a nation's Earthand space-based interests and assets or strike Earth-based targets. Such Star Wars-like weapons might include ground- or satellite-based lasers or kinetic-energy weapons able to incapacitate (kill) hostile satellites and ballistic missiles en route to their targets. It might also involve space-based hypervelocity metal rods — "Rods from God" — designed to strike ground targets at 7,200 mph (120 miles per minute) with the strength of a nuclear weapon but without the radioactive fallout. Last month, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that the Bush NSP actually wasn't considering weaponizing space but would advocate developing means to defend our critical — but now defenseless — space infrastructure from attack . (Left unsaid: R&D on other space systems will surely continue.) Opponents of the new policy clamor that a space arms race will result from even that policy shift: China, Russia, Japan and even the European Union will surely be provoked into following our lead. But if we leave the high ground open, what's to stop others from seizing it? The critics' answer: another
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