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National Missile Defense System, Weapons in Space & Global Economic Dominance This presentation is an educational tool meant to inform you about the plans to weaponise space, provide academic analysis of the futility of such a scheme and to suggest alterior motives for pushing ahead with the U.S. National Missile Defense System. Some links to specific sites or documents have been added. More will be added in the near future. You are encouraged to use this presentation and to suggest or incorporate modifications as you see fit for your own purposes. Additional materials and comments can be sent to Paul Hamel, who is solely responsible for the content of this presentation.


The National Missile Defense System This military system which has been proposed, debated and researched under various names in the past. This includes the Strategic Defense Initiative or “Star Wars” promoted by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s. This system proposes to establish a defensive shield over the continental United States. It aims to be able to detect a ballistic missile attack, identify actual weapons amongst any number of decoys and destroy the enemy missile at some point before delivering its weapon to the U.S. Click Here to Download Vision for 2020 (PDF Format)


Throughout the Vision 2020 document, the issue of “space superiority” remains a central theme. In all realms of U.S. military structure, overwhelming superiority is a principle concept. This superiority is not maintained by indirect means (e.g. naval formations are placed directly in the region in which they will operate). Likewise it is expected that U.S. will place weapons in space in order to dominate the realm of space.


The principle of using space-based weapons is clearly presented on page 11 of the Vision 2020 report. There is no ambiguity to “Space-based strike weapons” as part of the plan for their Global Engagement Capabilities.


We are even provided a cartoon of what these weapons will look like on page 15. One might note that the target of this hypothetical weapon is none other than Iraq, the people of which have been dying in the hundred’s of thousands due to the United Nations “humanitarian” sanctions lead by the U.S. and Britain and supported by Canada’s 11 million dollar per year contribution to the naval blockade of Iraq.


A more recent report expanding the concepts of Vision 2020 is available on-line from the USSPACECOM site. In their chapter called “Full Force Integration”, space forces will be fully integrated into their overall military structure (pg. 75). In the chapter on “Space Command”, a graphical depiction of what the control of space means is presented on page 20.


There can be no doubt that U.S. plans to use space as another medium for warfare. In the plans that have been made public, the U.S. has clearly articulated its intention to place weapons systems in space.


Is the National Missile Defense System really expected to protect the U.S. for attack from a so-called “rogue state” ? What do the commentators and analysts have to say?


Countermeasures Study of NMD System by the Union of Concerned Scientists Executive Summary The National Missile Defense system under development by the United States would be ineffective against even limited ballistic missile attacks from emerging missile states. Moreover, its deployment would increase nuclear dangers from Russia and China, and impede cooperation by these countries in international efforts to control the proliferation of long-range ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. The United States should reconsider its options for countering the threats posed by long-range ballistic missiles and shelve the current NMD plans as unworkable and counterproductive.


Deployment of the planned NMD system would offer the United States very little, if any, protection against limited ballistic missile attacks, while increasing the risks from other more likely and more dangerous threats to US national security. 1. Any country capable of deploying a long-range missile would also be able to deploy countermeasures that would defeat the planned NMD system. Countermeasures Study of NMD System by the Union of Concerned Scientists


Other delivery options available to emerging missile states would be less expensive, more reliable, and more accurate than long-range missiles. Moreover, these means could be covertly developed and employed, so that the United States might be unable to identify the attacker and retaliate. These alternative methods of delivery include cruise missiles or short-range ballistic missiles launched from ships off the US coast, nuclear weapons detonated in a US port while still in a shipping container in a cargo ship, and cars or trucks disseminating chemical or biological agents as they are driven through a city. (5) Long-range missiles would be neither the only nor the optimum means of delivery for an emerging missile state attacking the United States with nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons. Countermeasures Study of the NMD System by the Union of Concerned Scientists


Indeed, the United States has recent, first-hand knowledge as to how the NMD system can be thwarted using existing technology. Had these attackers chosen to fly commercial aircraft into the nuclear power plants less than 10 miles upwind of New York City, it might have made the entire region an unlivable nuclear wasteland for generations.


“The notion that rogue leaders are so crazy they cannot be deterred is itself crazy. Do you think Kim Jong Il, Muammar el-Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein or the Iranian mullahs have managed to stay in power as long as they have by behaving like suicidal fanatics? I don't think so.” Thomas Friedman, New York Times, May 15, 2001 Does the U.S. Really Believe it Will Be Attacked By Nations Using Weapons of Mass Destruction? A controversial ballistic missile defence system being proposed by the U.S. is more about solidifying American power than it is about protecting against rogue nations who might fire rockets at North America, admit Canadian military planners. At a closed-door Nov. 15 military meeting in Ottawa, Department of National Defence policy officials pointed out that the threat posed by rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran is, at best, secondary to the main aim of ballistic missile defence. "Arguably (it is) more in order to preserve U.S./NATO freedom of action than because U.S. really fears North Korean or Iranian missile threat," according to briefing documents prepared for the meeting. The document said intelligence assessment shows that those regimes would never lob intercontinental ballistic missiles at the U.S. or its allies "unless their very survival was at stake.” David Pugliese, The Ottawa Citizen, May 24, 2000


Does the U.S. Really Believe it Will Be Attacked By Nations Using Weapons of Mass Destruction? www.odci.gov/index.html


Well, if the National Missile Defense System cannot protect the U.S. from an attack from a so-called “rogue state” or from terrorist activities and their own agencies and analysts don’t actually believe any country in the world would commit such an act…. ...what is the purpose of the “Star Wars” System?


“For globalization to work, America cannot be afraid to act like the almighty superpower it is….The hidden hand of the market will never work without the hidden fist. McDonalds cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies is called the U.S. Army, Navy Air Force and Marine corps” Thomas Friedman, New York Times Magazine March, 1999 U.S. commentators have clearly articulated in the past the purpose of their unmatched military expenditures (greater than one billion dollars per day in 2002).


Similarly, the Space Command Vision 2020 report clearly places the NMD system in this same context--protection and expansion of their economic interests. The military outposts & cavalry emerged to protect the expansion of U.S. economic interests across continental North America. Unnamed in this report are the people from whom they “needed protection.” That happened to be the indigenous peoples across the continent who had inhabited the Americas for thousands of years. The process of “globalisation” continued after the aboriginal people were stripped of the resources of the continent through the violent expansion of U.S. economic interests.


The Vision 2020 Report states that this model of dominance and economic expansion will continue with the new feature that that Space Forces will now be included in the U.S. military arsenal.


The Vision 2020 Report also makes it known why the greatest economic power on the planet also needs the largest military system ever assembled. The widening gap between the “haves and have nots” requires a sophisticated and overwhelming military to protect and expand U.S. economic interests around the world.


The National Missile Defense Program also represents another significant addition to the industrial-military complex. As the Ballistic Missile Defense Organisation makes clear, financial opportunities are in the forefront of this program. While the Canadian Government refuses to take a stand on their involvement in this program, U.S.-based corporations are already getting Canadians involved. The Montreal-based Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE) has been contracted by the U.S. aerospace giant Boeing to conduct research on simulating how the anti-missile system might operate. (see :The Globe & Mail; Pressure to mount for missile shield. November 1, 2002 and Polaris Institute links) www.acq.osd.mil/bmdo/ www.acq.osd.mil/bmdo/bmdolink/html/invest.html


As the Vision 2020 report indicates, the U.S. envisions being able to direct weapons against targets on the surface of the earth. Thus, the U.S., which already operates around the world over 800 military bases outside of the U.S., will consolidate its global military superiority from space. U.S. troops can be kept at home while intervention from space can be used to deal with “problematic” places where justice, peace & democracy come second to economic interests such as in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Chiapas, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Sudan, Libya, Grenada, Colombia, Chile…… Chiapas, Mexico Colombia


Development of this presentation is in progress. Please feel free to use part or all of this for your own presentations, pamphlets, flyers or discussions (stick your own group’s name on it if you want). Your additions, contributions and comments are welcomed and encouraged. Send comments, suggestions and/or materials to paul.hamel@utoronto.ca

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