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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 195 Mercury Politics ***Links – International Space Station Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 196 Mercury 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 willing t...
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