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