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From: Global Network

To: Global Network Against Weapons

Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 8:24 PM



Institute for Public Accuracy

915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045

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         Thursday, April 17, 2003


         Interviews Available

         "NASA's Strategic Plan"

         * Military     * Nuclear


         Today, NASA administrator and former Secretary of the Navy Sean

O'Keefe addressed the National Press Club about "NASA's Strategic Plan."

The following analysts are available for interviews:


ALICE SLATER, (212) 726-9161, (212) 744-2005, ,

Director of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment, Slater

said today: "NASA's strategic plan involves the acceleration of

militarizing space. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers was

head of U.S. Space Command when it published its 1998 'Visions for 2020'

report which talked of 'dominating the space dimension of military

operations to protect U.S. interests and investment.' In January 2001 the

space commission chaired by Donald Rumsfeld affirmed the same vision -- to

dominate the globe from the high ground of space -- with the official

imprimatur of an incoming Secretary of Defense.... It's particularly

troubling that this strategic plan is being announced only days before the

convening of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee meeting in

Geneva." Slater will be going to Geneva for that conference. She added:

"The U.S. is sabotaging global disarmament. Hopes for meaningful progress

towards nuclear disarmament have been shattered, particularly by the

shameless grab to dominate space." [ A PDF file of "Visions for 2020" is

at: -- and the

Rumsfeld space commission report is at:  ]


BRUCE GAGNON, (352) 337-9274, ,

Director of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space,

Gagnon said today: "Immediately after his appointment by George W. Bush,

O'Keefe told the nation that all of NASA's missions in the future would be

'dual use.' This of course means that the distinction between civilian and

military technologies will be rubbed out. The military takeover of the

space program is near complete."


KARL GROSSMAN, (631) 725-2858, ,

Professor at the State University of New York, Grossman is author of "The

Wrong Stuff: The Space Program's Nuclear Threat to Our Planet." He said

today: "At all of our peril, O'Keefe is moving to expand NASA's program of

using nuclear power in space -- including reviving the decades-old notion

of building nuclear-powered spacecraft. What if the Columbia shuttle had

been nuclear-powered? Nuclear debris would have spread over Texas and

Louisiana. Still, two days after the Columbia tragedy, NASA advanced its

new $3 billion space nuclear program, Project Prometheus. It is being

pushed despite the development of new safe space energy systems, including

solar-electric propulsion and solar sails."


For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167



Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

PO Box 90083

Gainesville, FL. 32607

(352) 337-9274

(352) 871-7554 (Cell Phone)

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