November 18, 2005—Emerging missions—space control and force application among them—will require a sizeable investment, peaking in 2015. Some systems such as radars and optical sensors will monitor objects in space. Others will give the Pentagon the power to disrupt space systems used by an adversary. The Air Force may develop a conventional warhead that could be launched from an ICBM or an orbiting platform.
Source: Congressional Budget Office, The Long-Term Implications of Current Plans for Investment in Major Unclassified Military Space Programs, September 12, 2005.
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