Basing weapons in space might in the short term increase U.S. military capabilities, but their broader, long-term effect would be negative—especially because of likely foreign responses, inherent vulnerabilities, and crisis destabilization. A decision not to deploy weapons in space, and a treaty discouraging other nations from deploying them, would be much more in the national interest.
Hardesty, David C.
"Space-Based Weapons—Long-Term Strategic Implications and Alternatives,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 58
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol58/iss2/4