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arenean Donating Member (230 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 04:00 AM
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US takes unilateral stance in new space policy
It just gets better and better, doesn't it?

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US takes unilateral stance in new space policy
00:52 10 October 2006
NewScientist.com news service
Jeff Hecht


The US has issued a new national space policy that reflects a more aggressive and unilateral stance than the previous version issued a decade ago by former president Bill Clinton.

"There is definitely a difference in approach and mentality," says Theresa Hitchens, director of the Center for Defense Information in Washington DC, US.

The earlier statement said US operations should be "consistent with treaty obligations". But the new one, issued on Friday, flat-out rejects new agreements that would limit the US testing or use of military equipment in space.

The new version also uses stronger language to assert that the US can defend its spacecraft, echoing an air force push for "space superiority" made in 2004. The new policy states the US has the right "to protect its space capabilities, respond to interference, and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to US national interests".

Full article here....

New Scientist
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 04:03 AM
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1. Is there nothing this Administration touches...
...that doesn't immediately turn to shit? As if starting pissant wars here on Earth isn't enough, now we have to take our psychotic crap into space too. Fabulous.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 04:15 AM
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2. Right out of the PNAC playbook - n/t
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Dead_Parrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-11-06 04:59 AM
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3. Not really a problem...
...The way NASA is going, in 5 years time the US will be borrowing launch capacity from China...
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