US and EU eye anti-satellite weapons pact

January 31, 2011 at 9:39 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Washington Times

The Obama administration is negotiating with the European Union on an agreement limiting the use of anti-satellite weapons, a move that some critics say could curb U.S. development of space weapons in general.

Three congressional staffers told The Washington Times that Pentagon and intelligence analysts said in a briefing Monday that the administration is looking to sign on to the European Union‘s Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities.

The briefing followed the completion of an interagency review that recommends the United States sign on to the document with only a few minor changes to its language, according to two administration officials familiar with the review.

That recommendation is awaiting final approval from the National Security Council. [Full story]

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