Demonstration at Lockheed, Eagan Minn.

October 7 2002

from: Nukewatch
PO Box 649 Luck, WI 54853;
Phone: (715) 472-4185 nukewatch@lakeland.ws


Lockheed Martin: Key Player in the Conquest and Militarization of Space

We are here today as part of a global effort to call for an end to the weaponization and militarization of space.

The U.S. is seeking to control space through National Missile Defense (NMD), Space-Based lasers and Anti-Satellite weaponry. This facility, Lockheed Martin, is the primary contractor for NMD.

National Missile Defense is marketed to the public as a program that will make our nation a safer, more secure place. In reality, NMD is a costly, deceptive, and ill-conceived program whose principal function is offensive.

Costs

The Congressional Budget Office projected in Jan. 2002 that the NMD program envisioned by the Bush Administration could cost $238 billion by 2025.  Since 1957, the U.S. has spent roughly $125 billion on NMD systems without producing a single workable device.

Lockheed Martin is running 30% over budget ($233 million) for the PAC-3 theater missile defense system.

Deception

The Pentagon alleges that the goals of missile defense are defensive. However, the Pentagon is moving ahead on a second front under the rubric of "missile defense" -- Theater Missile Defense (TMD). TMD is an offensive system that aims to support U.S. forces overseas through missiles deployed on land, sea, air and space.

One of Lockheed's proudest moments was the successful test of the Star Wars intercept system in 1984 - a critical factor in validating the much-criticized "missile shield" concept.   In 1993, The New York Times revealed that the test was a fraud.

Ineffectiveness

Lockheed Martin's Theater High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) has failed in 6 out of 8 tests to date, and yet they still received a contract extension worth up to $4 billion for continuing work on the system.

Jack Ruina, formerly of the Defense Department, writes, "If NMD deployment involved no more than spending a lot of money in pursuit of vain hope, it would only be a waste -- a bad buy. But it's also bad foreign policy."

As the U.S. seeks domination of space, we are violating key international treaties and putting the world at risk of a new arms race. The bad seeds of warfare, greed, exploitation and environmental contamination are threatening this sacred frontier.

Join us in saying NO to Lockheed Martin and Star Wars!

NO to the weaponization and militarization of space!
 



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