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April 4th, 2009

Space Race Increasing Risk of Nuclear War

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Companies engaged in nanotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence are also being wooed by the military with fat checks, Hoey said. "These (space exploration and space warfare) systems are being developed through multi-tiered collaborations that include NASA, the Defense Department, universities, big defense contractors and small space start- ups. "The work force consists of military scientists and engineers, students, scientists, and even foreign nationals" ultimately enabling technology proliferation globally.

For an arms control community that is focusing primarily on banning specific space weapons currently in development, nearing deployment, and in some cases already deployed, efforts should also be focused towards lobbying the international community to begin establishing rules of the road that differentiate between peaceful commercial space technologies and destructive military space applications before the lines between the two are irreversibly blurred, Hoey urged. By doing so, "next generation space warfare systems and space security threats can, as a result, be prevented long before they have a chance to further undermine peace in outer space and increase the probability of nuclear war," he said.

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