How to keep outer space weapons-free

Jessica West Featured, Ploughshares Monitor, Space Security Leave a Comment

The history of arms control in outer space reads like a success story. Outer space is one of the few domains of human activity in which the focus has been on prevention. Although military satellites that provide communications, remote sensing, navigation, and timing services once dominated space and continue to provide essential military services, their operations have long been considered peaceful. Those of us working in space security say that space is “militarized but not weaponized.”

It’s back: Space-based missile defence

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Like boomerangs, some bad ideas keep coming back. Space-based missile defence has been pursued intermittently by the United States since the launch of the Space Age. Now, under Donald Trump, America is once again dreaming that it can protect itself from nuclear-armed missiles by deploying a “shield” of interceptors in outer space. Closely resembling President Reagan’s derided “Star Wars,” this …

NORAD Renewal: Star Wars Revisited

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor March 1996 Volume 17 Issue 1 An updated North American Aerospace Defence Agreement (NORAD) has Canadian defence officials extolling the merits of ballistic missile defence. Ernie Regehr comments. The new NORAD agreement, to go into effect this May, is described as allowing for but not requiring Canada/US co-operation in pursuing ballistic missile defence (BMD) for …