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Resource ID: #17859
Subject: Nuclear Weapons
Source: Food & Water Journal
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Date: Spring

Description

Drawing on military documents and other sources, this left-of-center publication reveals U.S. plans for to put weapons in space. "Some $6 billion a year -- plus funds in the 'black' or secret -- have been going into U.S. space military activities." Space-based weapons would violate the provisions of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, Grossman writes. Among the initiatives for space-based warfare mentioned in the military documents: development of two space-based lasers, one of which is already being developed; mining the surface of the moon for precious materials; building lunar foxholes where U.S. spacecraft could hide to intercept shipments of materials from the moon to other countries. Today, with space laser technology not yet ready for deployment, "U.S. military plans for space will likely involve the use of nuclear power as an energy source for space-based weapons."

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