Space and Missile Defence: Sorting fact from controversy

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-3

Author
Ernie Regehr

The essential facts surrounding ballistic missile defence (BMD) and its possible role in weaponizing space are not really in serious dispute. Canadian BMD proponents and opponents alike understand that the feasibility of placing into orbit weapons that have the capacity to be fired from space at any time to successfully intercept hostile ballistic missiles is, to understate the matter, yet to be proven. Much of the technology for such a feat has hardly been imagined, and any concrete development of prototypes, much less operational weapons, is a long, long way off.

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