I am indebted to a colleague for this article from the New York Times. The US Air Force is lobbying President Bush for approval for a new Space Weapons Program. Yes, you can sleep soundly in your beds knowing that Uncle Sam is planning:
- Common Aero Vehicle – a military space plane capable of striking anywhere in the world at 45 minutes notice (where have we heard that figure before)
- Rods From The Gods – a program to hurl cylinders of titanium, tungsten or even uranium at targets on the ground at speeds of 7,200 mph
- Laser Weapons – which can be bounced off satellites to targets on the ground
- Radio Weapons – with powers ranging from ‘tap on the shoulder’ to ‘toast’
Gen. Lance Lord, who leads the Air Force Space Command, told Congress recently:
“Simply put, it’s the American way of fighting.” Air Force doctrine defines space superiority as “freedom to attack as well as freedom from attack” in space.
Don’t you feel reassured now?