Should Weapons in Space Be Banned?


Marking another sharp break from President Bush, Barack Obama's administration has launched a pledge to seek a worldwide ban on space weapons. Without a ban, technology could be used to interfere with an adversary's commercial or military satellites.

Unlike the Obama administration, Bush implemented a National Space Policy that rejected arm-control deals that might limit the US's ability to shut off space to anyone hostile to American interests. Bush wanted to secure America's space leadership and use space to further national security and US foreign policy objectives. The plan added to international suspicion that the US wanted to militarize space.

While many people would welcome a ban on weapons in space, there's one industry that's not on cloud nine — weapon makers. Lockheed Martin, along with other defense contractors, are watching the issue carefully.

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