SPACED-BASED INTERCEPTOR STUDY -- (Senate - September 29, 2008)
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Mr. ALLARD. Madam President, I would like to associate myself with the remarks of Senators Kyl and Inhofe. I supported the Space Test Bed study requested by the President. I would have preferred to be here today urging that my fellow Senators keep an open mind until that study can begin providing data to policy makers.
Yet there are those who refuse to study--even study--whether space-based interceptors can offer added defensive capability against ballistic missile threats to the United States, our allies, our deployed forces, even our national security space systems. As a result, this space interceptor study is the best we could get out of the Congress this year.
Let there be no mistake, this is an important step forward. I am pleased to have been able to help to push this study across the finish line.
I urge the Secretary of Defense to move quickly to get this study underway so that the next administration and the next Congress can build on today's study and finally move past the ivory tower debate about the weaponization of space.