Weaponizing Space: Is Current U.S. Policy Protecting our National Security? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, May 23, 2007   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of John F. Tierney: "Since the dawn of the space age, the U.S. leadership has put a man on the Moon, has allowed us to see to the edge of the universe, saved countless lives by helping to better predict hurricanes, and revolutionized the way the peoples of the world communicate. Our country's leadership over the years in helping to establish a clear understanding among all nations that the peaceful use of space is of paramount importance has repaid us untold benefits, and it promises to increasingly do so in the future. Our country owns or operates 443 of the 845 active satellites around our planet. It is a $100 billion a year industry. Global Positioning System technology is taking off, and even space tourism is becoming more and more of a reality. And our military and intelligence capabilities have become huge beneficiaries of a weapons-free space. Without space, our smart bombs would not be precise. Without space, our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq would not have the real-time information they need. Without space, crucial intelligence gathering would simply vanish. Satellites have, quite literally, become the eyes and ears of our national security. However, there are potentially ominous clouds on the horizon. Space experts, some of whom we will hear from at today's hearing, charge that over the last handful of years the current administration has undertaken a series of actions and changes in policies that could have a profound impact on the future of space and the future of our national security." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Laura Grego, Donald Mahley, James B. Armor, David Cavossa, Theresa Hitchens, Jeff Kueter, and John F. Tierney

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