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Topic - Paul Shawcross
While conceding its potential contributions to job creation and defense against intergalactic threats, the Obama administration officially announced this week that a U.S. Death Star "is not on the horizon."
A "Death Star" won't be a part of the U.S. military's arsenal any time soon.
Besides, Shawcross says, the Obama administration "does not support blowing up planets."
But in a posting Friday on the White House website, Paul Shawcross, an administration adviser on science and space, says a Death Star would cost too much to build _ an estimated $850 quadrillion _ at a time the White House is working to reduce the federal budget.