The Obama Administration has set a new course for US Space policy that embraces arms control. Actually the arms control policy is an old course favored by Reagan, Bush I and Clinton, but not Bush II (is anyone surprised?). President Obama’s team will look to international cooperation instead of the “Go it alone” attitude favored by Bush and Cheney. The NY Times writes:
The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a space policy that renounces the unilateral stance of the Bush administration and instead emphasizes international cooperation, including the possibility of an arms control treaty that would limit the development of space weapons.
Also, on a so sad note that it is too funny, the Bush Administration was working on a giant ground-based laser to shoot down satellites. Below is an top-secret photo of the laser gun that was stored in Cheney’s man-sized safe.