Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023

Government Executive | March 15, 2019

Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They’ve asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. Such weapons are needed, they say, to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But just figuring out what might work is a difficult technical challenge.

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This document contains an overview of invasive species research efforts by the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) to familiarize managers with the Station and its products. Invasive plant, pathogen, invertebrate, and vertebrate species are among the greatest threats to forest, range, aquatic, and urban forest ecosystem health. Exotic species invasions in the United States cost an estimated $120 billion annually in lost revenues and mitigation. Expanding global trade increases both the introductions of invasive species and the costs associated with preventing introductions and managing new infestations. To address these threats, a comprehensive strategy is needed with a strong research component at its core.

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This document contains an overview of invasive species research efforts by the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) to familiarize managers with the Station and its products. Invasive plant, pathogen, invertebrate, and vertebrate species are among the greatest threats to forest, range, aquatic, and urban forest ecosystem health. Exotic species invasions in the United States cost an estimated $120 billion annually in lost revenues and mitigation. Expanding global trade increases both the introductions of invasive species and the costs associated with preventing introductions and managing new infestations. To address these threats, a comprehensive strategy is needed with a strong research component at its core.

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