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photoTwo decades after Ronald Reagan's grand vision of the Star Wars program, top Air Force officials imagine a new generation of space weaponry — from high-tech microsatellites and global space planes to lethal laser beams and radio waves.

Now, the Air Force is seeking administration approval for a national-security directive that would take the United States a step closer to deploying space weapons.

Billions of dollars have already been invested and proponents believe the superiority in space means taking control of the new high-ground in global conflict and a way to prevent a future arms race. Others are not convinced.

Tune in for more on the new debate over American weapons in space.


Tim Weiner, reporter, The New York Times

Everett Dolman, Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base

Joan Johnson-Freese, Chair of the Department of National Security Studies at the Naval War College

This program aired on May 24, 2005.

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