Weapons in Space: Taking the Offensive
A year and a half before the 9/ 11th attacks, the CIA testified before the Senate that the US is more likely to be attacked from non-missile delivery means than with missiles. Any attack would most likely come from a non-state entity. In other words, Bush’s resurrected trillion dollar space-based anti-missile program, Star Wars, won’t address America’s real security concerns. What will Star Wars accomplish? While it may edge the US closer to the nefarious goal of full-spectrum dominance, it also sets the stage for a whole new arms race.
Robert Bowman, a 22-year Air Force veteran, directed all the Star Wars programs under Presidents Ford and Carter. With the support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he became the leading opponent of Reagan’s version of the program. He is the Presiding Archbishop of the United Catholic Church and is the President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies that publishes Space & Security News.