Russia accuses USA of sparking a new arms race by developing Anti-Ballistic Missile weapon (in violation of a treaty); retaliates by testing a
n intercontinental ballistic missile target.
Washington dismisses such fears, saying the shield is intended to counter “rogue states.”
I hate to wreck a good euphemism, but anything that shoots is not a “shield”. If a space-based weapon can cherry-pick missiles out of the air, I’d imagine it can also take down planes, and quite possibly ground-based targets as well. On one hand, I’m rather happy we’re developing such a weapon, because I’m a firm believer in self defense. On the other hand, the weaponization of space is a bit of a sticky issue, because nobody owns space, nobody should own space, and if we put weapons into orbit, other countries are bound to follow suit, and sooner or later somebody’s going to start using these shiny toys.