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Unformatted text preview: ll Nelson (DFla.) told CongressNow today he also thinks that the recent satellite hits mean it is time to discuss
placing weapons in space. "Without a doubt [it is time] because that is what the Chinese demonstrated they
had the capability of and therefore the United States now has to move to create defensive postures against
that." Nelson added he's concerned that an adversary could knock out the Global Positioning System, which
would have disastrous consequences for the World. Their comments highlight a departure from a longstanding Democratic resistance to funding Pentagon efforts to explore developing space-based
weapons. Republicans have generally been more supportive about Defense efforts to put weapon in
space. Democrats have typically cut funding for space weapons programs. In the 2008 budget, for example,
Democrats stripped out all funding -- $10 million -- from the president's request for a Space Test Bed
initiative, a Missile Defense Agency study of the need for putting components of the missile shield in space.
"One would have thought that that study would have been whole heartily embraced, especially after the
Chinese test," Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Monday at an American Foreign Policy Council
conference on missile defense. "But, we were accused of trying to weaponize space. As if it weren't already
weaponized." Inouye said he believes China's test and more recently the U.S shootdown now builds a case
for funding the Space Test Bed. At a breakfast with reporters this morning, Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael
Hamel, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Space Command, explained that he is also
concerned with space-based assets. He cited the harm that could come from a GPS black out or by enemies
obtaining information from Google Earth satellites. "We can't just simply get caught up and distracted by
arguments about weaponization of space when in fact the kind of world we face is far more complicated,"
Hamel added. Hamel said that the services must be provided the funding and authority to build capabilities
that can protect U.S. satellites and space systems when they are threatened. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics ***Links – International Space Station Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Space Station – Unpopular – Politicians
ISS seen as wasteful and inefficient
Flight International 5/2/02,
[Flight Global, “ISS is 'inefficent and wasteful”, http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2002/02/05/142289/iss-isinefficent-and-wasteful.html]
Despite its promise as a research platform, the ISS will be highlighted in the Bush Administration's
2003 budget programme as an example of one of the "biggest overruns ever in the federal
government", says Daniels, calling for the introduction of "firm accountability". Daniels' former
deputy is Sean O'Keefe, recently appointed NASA administrator.
In an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers publication, Kraft questions whether O'Keefe would be
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