Experts call collision of orbiting US and Russian satellites "catastropic"

What more is there to say than this? Apparently, there is only “little risk” to the international space station — not no risk, just a little one. Remember the fuss about space debris when China deliberately shot down one of its “weather” satellites (apparently to try to focus attention on China’s belief that it i...

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Rice: "We have a breakthrough document on missile defense for the Alliance"

In Bucharest today, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley indicated they were very pleased by the support they feel the U.S. has gotten from the NATO alliance for its missile defense proposals in Europe. Rice told journalists: “…we have a breakthrough document on missile defense for th...

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New U.S. envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation

The U.S. State Department announced today that “At the request of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ambassador Jackie Wolcott has agreed to serve as Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation. In this capacity, Ambassador Wolcott will work with counterparts in other countries to develop international cooperation to strengthen the nuclear n...

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First China, now U.S. may shoot down its own space satellite

China shot down one of its own “old” space satellites in January 2007 — apparently with hopes of influencing debate at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, where China has been fighting for years to see work begin on a treaty on the prevention of an arms race in outer space (PAROS). The U.S. has […]

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Snail's progress at Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

The very useful CD (Conference on Disarmament) Report put out by the excellent ReachingCriticalWill project reports on the conclusion of this year’s CD work by implying that there might have been a very slight movement forward. Reading this CD Report, however, one gets the distinct impression that what is being viewed as progress is a [&helli...

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Why are Iranian officials so relaxed these days?

Iranian officials are not showing any of the consternation that might be appropriate, considering the fact that UN Security Council sanctions might be tightened and increased on Iran in the coming week or so, because of Iran’s nuclear (but not weapons, Iranian officials insist) program. You could hardly tell, from most press coverage, that Ir...

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