Accession Number : ADA183730

Title :   Anti-Satellite Weapons, Arms Control Options, and the Military Use of Space.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Personal Author(s) : Durch,William J

PDF Url : ADA183730

Report Date : Jul 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 74

Abstract : The report addresses antisatellite weaponry (AS AT), its utility, and approaches to its control. It discusses AS AT means and missions in the context of three political-military scenarios: limited superpower engagement in the Third World; a NATO region crisis or conflict; and nuclear war. In light of the scenario analyses and an assessment of the interaction between AS AT and ballistic missile defense technology, and report presents a net assessment of the cost s and benefits of deploying and controlling AS AT and other space-based and space-directed weapons. It reviews several approaches to AS At arms control and assesses negotiability & verification issues associated wit each: banning dedicated direct attack AS AT means; banning tests of such systems; capping AS At capabilities at one current type apiece (with or without concurrent AS AT test bans); and a ban on AS AT use (a rules of the road agreement). Keywords: Antisatellite weapons, Arms control, Ballistic missile defense, Space defense, Verification.

Descriptors :   *ANTISATELLIET DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *ARMS CONTROL, SPACE WARFARE, AGREEMENTS, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ATTACK, COST EFFECTIVENESS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEVELOPING NATIONS, INTERACTIONS, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, NUCLEAR WARFARE, POLITICAL SCIENCE, SCENARIOS, SPACE SYSTEMS, SPACE WEAPONS, WEAPONS

Subject Categories : Space Warfare
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE