Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Air Force Seeks Presidential Approval For Space Based Weapons

The U.S. Air Force has requested a Presidential directive to allow it to deploy space based weapons capable of striking any place in the globe within minutes. Several systems have been under development.

Global Strike would utilize a weapon called the common aero vehicle which strike anywhere in the world within 45 minutes. Another system would use dense rods dropped from space and impacting the surface at more than 7200km/h. The kinetic energy imparted would be comparable to the that released by a small nuclear weapon. Space base laser and anti-satellite systems are also part of the equation.

If implemented, this plan could kick off a global arms race. Coupled with the conversion to robotic arms, this technology may unbalance the equation which has held back the use of military force on a larger scale.