The President of the United States has issued a National Space Policy that forbids other countries from developing technology that could be hostile to American and western interests in space. Although this policy forbids adversaries from developing this technology, it does give the US the opportunity to do so, which may not ease the fears of the rest of the nations harboring this planet.

(Washington Post) The administration said the policy revisions are not a prelude to introducing weapons systems into Earth orbit. “This policy is not about developing or deploying weapons in space. Period,” said a senior administration official who was not authorized to speak on the record.

Nevertheless, Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank that follows the space-weaponry issue, said the policy changes will reinforce international suspicions that the United States may seek to develop, test and deploy space weapons. The concerns are amplified, he said, by the administration’s refusal to enter negotiations or even less formal discussions on the subject.

Although The US has emphasized that the primary role of this new space policy “is committed to peaceful uses of space by all nations,” it does leave open a loop hole allowing the Pentagon to develop potential weapons that could “blind or shut down adversary satellites” as well as creating satellites that could be used to crash into other satellites deemed as threats.

According to the Washington Post, when negotiations came up to ban space weapons, the US was the only country to vote no while 160 other nations voted in favor of this. Although keeping outer space weapons free is probably a fantasy at best (since no nation would want to remain vulnerable to their foe) simply denying others access to weaponizing the stars may have the opposite effect the policy calls for.

Eventually other nations (including America’s enemies) are going to visit the stars, and simply telling them they can not develop weapons while giving the US the options to will no doubt give dictators an excuse to simply add developing weapons in the heavens to the list.

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