Sputnik II?

May 1982
National Review;5/28/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 10, p606
This article presents information on the competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to develop high-energy laser weapon station in space. A report by the U.S. General Accounting Office stated that if the U.S. laser program proceeds at its current pace, the U.S. won't be able to deploy a laser weapon system in space before the year 2000. General Kelly Burke, Chief of Air Force Research and Development, conceded that the Soviets could launch an anti-satellite weapon within the next five years, but he stated that an "effective" Soviet weapon probably couldn't be launched until the late 1980s.


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