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Unformatted text preview: posed explicit authorization of space weapons programs. But John E. Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, an organization that studies military and space issues, has noted a spike in recent years in secret ''black budget'' spending by the Missile Defense Agency. The idea, he said, is, ''If you desire peace, prepare for war.'' Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 192 Mercury Politics Weapons – Unpopular – Public Public opposition to deploying space weapons Gallagher, Center for International Security Studies Associate Director for Research, & Steinbruner, Arms Control Association Chair, 8 [Nancy Gallagher, Senior Research Scholar at the University of Maryland and was Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State, and John D. Steinbruner, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and co-chair at the Committee on International Security Studies at the American Academy and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, 2-21-8, “Reconsidering the Rules for Space Security”, p. 28-9, www.amacad.org/publications/space_security.pdf, accessed 6-30-11] Because the Bush administration has generally been hostile to the Clinton legacy, the implication of the decision to use the Clinton National Space Policy for so long is that they are afraid to say clearly and authoritatively what pursuing the SPACECOM vision actually entails and how much of this project they have endorsed. The idea of space weapons is unpopular with the American public, and even the dedicated advocates are cautious about exposing their plans and programs to close scrutiny. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 193 Mercury Politics Weapons – Popular – Congress (1/2) Opposition to weapons is political suicide – politicians’ opposition spun as soft on defense Heritage Foundation press release, 9 (States News Service, 6-29-9, “Obama Missile Defense plan puts America at risk”, Lexis, Accessed June 20th 2011, LGK] First, the President's missile defense budget provides no funding for the development of a missile defense test bed in space. Second, his Administration has opted to accept a highly biased Chinese and Russian proposal for a treaty on "preventing an arms race in outer space" as the basis for negotiations at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament.[28] The fact is that space was weaponized when the first ballistic missile was test-launched by Germany in 1942 because ballistic missiles travel through space on their way to their targets. The threat that these weapons pose to U.S. security and the U.S. population is undeniable. The superior effectiveness of space-based interceptors in countering ballistic missiles is based on the fact that ballistic missiles transit space. As a result, space-based interceptors are ideally located to intercept ballistic missiles in the boost phase. Missile defense supporters in Congress need to force a debate on the charge that space-based ballistic missile defense interceptors would constitute an unprecedented move by the U.S. to weaponize space. They can do so by offering a simple a...
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