Proceedings PaperTestimony On Space Based And Space Directed Weapons
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The President's "star wars" speech last year challenged the most basic premises of the U.S.-Soviet strategic relationship. It has led to the Administration's new strategic defense (ABM) initiative which deserves the most careful examination. Advances in ABM technology will inevitably contribute to advances in anti-satellite technology (ASAT) which is a much simpler technical challenge. Hence policy and restraints in both areas should be coupled to one another. In my statement I will first address the issues raised by the defense initiative; and then ASAT.