A Political Strategy for Antisatellite Weaponry
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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This paper analyzes and develops a political strategy for United States antisatellite ASAT weapon programs. Following some background on the geography of space and a definition of ASATs and their uses, the paper examines our national interests and objectives for antisatellite weapons in terms of our military requirements and economic interests. Several key policy issues are examined including discussions of the ASAT threat, space as a sanctuary, space arms control, and United States vital Interests. Next the domestic political situation is analyzed, with a conclusion that both executive and legislative support is waning, when it was never strong to begin with. Based on capabilities, possible threats, and the domestic political situation, three options are examined for the ASAT program maintain the status quo, radically revise the program, or stop all ASAT work. I recommend withdrawing the program from the acquisition process and pursuing a revised technology program managed by the Advanced Research Projects Agency.
- Government and Political Science
- Antisatellite Defense Systems