Week 13 Space (Guest Lecture) - Pol343y1 Week 13 Weaponization of space Q Weapons proliferation E Nuclear vertical(actors vs horizontal(states acquiring

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Pol343y1 Week 13: Weaponization of space Q: Weapons proliferation E: Nuclear vertical (actors) vs horizontal (states acquiring abilities) NSA: deliberate use by nsa highly unlikely (weapons have to be launched from territory, retaliation) waste storage/ disarmament issues and waste issues Bio-weapons easier to make greater diffusion relative to nuclear making them more likely to be employed by NSA difficult to weaponize unlike chemical these are lethal easy to deliver but hard to detect cumbersome production process, and usage with low military efficacy Cluster munitions: indiscriminate and it leaves unexploded cluster ordinance. Proliferation proliferated through arms trade, MNCS, licenced production, civil military integration, warfare principles (the c4, Intelligence survilenace and reconnaissance) Waste/dangers IAEA: 22 incidents in 2009 (5 involving highly enriched uranium/pluto) US: 104 million cubic meters in the US alone Costs C: deterrence v. Risk Q:Civil E: CCCC/ISR: 380 mb used during operation iraqi freedom desert storm: 98 C: what is a space weapon? Simple objects like satellites can be used as weapons space used cooperatively (space station) move from space supported war towards space enabled military action civilian objects in space need protection too. Q:militarization v. weaponization E: passive defence active defence capability:
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offensive: counter satellite systems, ASATs, Missile defence programs Is the weaponization of space imminent?
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  • Fall '11
  • VeraAchvarina
  • Nuclear weapon, Arms Trade Treaty, storage/ disarmament issues

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