Broadcast 2676 Richard Easton & Dr. Bleddyn Bowen

01 Apr 2016 Richard Easton, Dr. Bleddyn Bowen
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We welcomed back Richard Easton with his guest, Dr. Bleddyn Bowen from the UK.  Richard was the co-host for this program as he chose this as an Indiegogo perk during our recent website modernization campaign.  Richard selected Dr. Bowen as the guest and was with us from Wales.  During the first segment of our 94 minute discussion, Richard explained why he chose this particular topic and introduced us to Dr. Bowen.  Dr. Bowen explained his space power theory as well who Carl Von Clausewitz was and what he was known for since his work influenced our guest and his academic work on developing his space power theory.  Don't miss this early part of our discussion as it provided the foundation for the rest of our very thorough discussion on space warfare, security issues, strategies, and the use of space power.

Some other topics discussed in the first segment included responsive space strategy, severe consequences for offensive behavior and actions, Cold War analogies, cyber warfare, space war games, beyond geosynchronous orbit, other space locations of strategic interest such as L4 or L5, and the HGEO orbit.

In the second segment, Bleddyn was asked about space based weapons.  Mike Listner called in with his thoughts on space weapons and space power per the discussion in the first segment.  Bleddyn made the comment that his theory was not for the battlefield but more of a tool for studying the issue.

BJohn asked many questions during our program.  He wanted to know if the space solar power beam could be weaponized and on another he wanted to know if N. Korea could set off an EMP bomb.  He also expressed his concern about the use of nuclear rockets and propulsion in space.  Don't miss what our guest said in response to these questions. 

As our segment was winding down, I asked Bleddyn for a prediction of things ten years out.  He suggested I was asking the wrong question, then he asked my question in a different way.  Listen to what he said and how he responded to it.  What do you think?

Another listener question came in from Don asking about the influence on space power by a U.S. President, especially once our 2016 election is all over and done.  Our guest had much to say on this subject, don't miss it. 

Chemical weapons, arms control agreements and conventions, WW2 and more came up leading us into a summary statement by both co-host Richard and our guest, Dr. Bowen.  In their respective summary statements, Dr. Bowen spoke to the differences in space power and space security and the need for more awareness and what is known as space normal.  Richard mentioned GPS vulnerabilities and new software upgrades to the system with more needing to be done to add to the security of the system.

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