Outer Space for the Benefit of Humanity: A window of Opportunity for the United Nations

TitleOuter Space for the Benefit of Humanity: A window of Opportunity for the United Nations
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsDriscoll C

In recognition of the 35th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty (OST), this study addresses impending weaponization of space and investigates various means of protecting positive uses of space. A space commons or "Space Preserve" and a moratorium on R&D, testing and deployment of weaponry in space are proposed -- 160 page book.

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Excerpts from Dr. Driscoll's Conclusions:
There can be no winners in a war from space against earth. Every country will become a target. The space systems upon which everyone, including the U.S. military, have come to rely, will be in peril. The connection between space weapons and nuclear weapons will become more evident as land, sea, air, and space strategies are increasingly interwoven. Understanding that connection, countries and non-governmentals who work to free the world of nuclear weapons must also work to stop space weapons. If they do not, before long they will find themselves having to work to free space of weapons -- laser, kinetic, and nuclear. If it is possible to negotiate an arms control agreement after the weapons have been deployed, verification of such an agreement without immediate destruction of the weapons will be almost impossible, and the process of destruction will itself endanger the earth.

Policies which decry terrorism while planning a future of terror from space must be changed. Policies which purport to oppose nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons while funding development and testing of lasers, kinetic and other unimaginable weapons must be changed.