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devinni01841
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12/8/2010 7:40:11 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
One of my debate topics:

Supplemental Item 13. A Bill to Implement a Space-1 Based Strategic
2 Missile Defense System
3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT:
4 SECTION 1. The United States of America and the Department of Defense shall implement a
5 space-based Strategic Missile Defense system in order to combat enemy missile threats around
6 the globe. Existing technologies from the DoD-NASA joint space defense partnership program
7 shall be utilized in the implementation of this space missile shield, which shall consist of a series
8 of satellite-mounted weapons and radar systems with the ability to intercept and destroy enemy
9 intercontinental ballistic missiles within range.
10 SECTION 2. The provisions of this bill shall take effect immediately upon passage.
11 SECTION 3. The United States Department of Defense shall be responsible for enforcing the
12 provisions of this bill. An amount of money not to exceed $100 billion shall be appropriated by
13 this Congress from the United States Treasury for expenditures.
14 SECTION 4. All laws or portions of laws in conflict with this bill shall be null and void.

Discuss? (Sources, too please? I'm not sure where to start with this one...
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devinni01841
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12/10/2010 7:01:18 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
I have:
1: Money... expensive
2: Acceptance in th eInternational community... could be viewed as offensive instead of defensive
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innomen
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12/10/2010 9:18:29 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
My very first big time debate in college was on this. The overall context of the resolution was different considering it was in the 80's, and the cold war was still going on. - I won by the way. No one here would believe me if i told the story, so i won't.
bluesteel
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12/10/2010 12:50:03 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Stupid - satellites are easier to shoot down than missiles. Any Great Power would easily develop the technology to shoot the satellites down first.
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12/10/2010 12:51:44 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/10/2010 12:50:03 PM, bluesteel wrote:
Stupid - satellites are easier to shoot down than missiles. Any Great Power would easily develop the technology to shoot the satellites down first.

It's been shown to be possible, but nothing about easier.
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12/10/2010 4:38:20 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Well you could make the argument of security. It's a wireless system with the power to start a war. Satellites aren't the most reliable things out there, their signals can be interfered with. Given the massive amount of satellites up there, it wouldn't be hard for someone planning an attack to position one to interfere with these defensive satellites. A ground based source could either spoof a signal or spam signals to interfere with those satellites as well.

For the interference point - http://science.slashdot.org... The rest is just random, baseless, musings about what could happen. I'm sure you could get a nuclear war argument in there quite easily, my judges always go for that.
SuperRobotWars
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12/10/2010 4:40:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Regan's Star-Wars initiative . . . *yawn*
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12/10/2010 4:46:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
0 I think that a space-based missile
1 program would be both expensive
2 and impractical. Missile defense
3 platforms are better positioned
4 when they are on land on routes
5 where missiles are likely to be flying.
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applesnack
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12/10/2010 4:49:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 12/10/2010 7:01:18 AM, devinni01841 wrote:
I have:
1: Money... expensive
2: Acceptance in th eInternational community... could be viewed as offensive instead of defensive

I would just like to complement you on your Brachiosaurus avatar, well done.
innomen
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12/11/2010 7:44:55 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Read what happened at the Helsinki accord and you will understand how it is a tactical advantage that had a great impact on history.

You can yawn at Reagan's initiative, but it did indeed carry great weight in negotiating the end of the USSR.
devinni01841
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12/15/2010 9:10:46 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Thanks guys, I'll definitely take your advice into account whe I finally get around to drafting my speech.
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devinni01841
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12/15/2010 9:11:41 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 12/10/2010 4:49:25 PM, applesnack wrote:
At 12/10/2010 7:01:18 AM, devinni01841 wrote:
I have:
1: Money... expensive
2: Acceptance in th eInternational community... could be viewed as offensive instead of defensive

I would just like to complement you on your Brachiosaurus avatar, well done.

Why, thank you, although I must admit I intended for it to be the Loch Ness Monster... or are they one and the same? (*cue dramatic music*)
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Volkov
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12/15/2010 9:44:56 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 12/11/2010 7:44:55 AM, innomen wrote:
Read what happened at the Helsinki accord and you will understand how it is a tactical advantage that had a great impact on history.

You can yawn at Reagan's initiative, but it did indeed carry great weight in negotiating the end of the USSR.

It had huge negotiating power, even though it was a bloody pipe dream. The Russians just fell for the ruse, thinking this was well on its way to being, when the project was underfunded and barely sketched out.