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The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space

•, by Garrett M. Graff

In the midafternoon of January 11, 2007, US Air Force major general William Shelton sat at the head of a table in a command center at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, holding a telephone to each ear. Shelton was the commander in charge of maintaining the US military's "situational awareness" in space—and the situation, at the moment, seemed to be deteriorating fast. One phone connected Shelton to his boss, the head of US Strategic Command, in Nebraska; the other connected to Shelton's operations center, a windowless room full of analysts just next door. In front of Shelton was a can of Diet Dr Pepper, and arrayed around the table were the members of his increasingly nervous senior staff.

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