Space Weapons and Arms Control
It is a proof of the irrational character of the military decisions of the Soviet Union and the United States that both countries have started large programmes for the development of weapons systems against satellites (ASAT).1 Even to an outside observer the essential role of military surveillance from space in maintaining the stability of the world strategic balance is obvious;2 and in particular the United States relies more on these systems than the Soviet Union, because the more open character of the American society makes all arms-information-gathering activities easier. But one may understand the current ASAT programmes only within the absurd logic of requiring at any cost offensive weapons against all elements of the military system of the adversary; this logic really belongs to the old and nowadays untenable concept of war, according to which complete destruction of the enemy and final victory is possible and, indeed, desirable.
KeywordsOuter Space Military Activity Weapon System Verification Problem Outer Space Treaty
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