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Space as a Strategic Asset


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" Space as a Strategic Asset is a fine work of policy analysis that explores many current national security space issues and offers both appropriate background and reasonable solutions to vexing problems. The United States is the most dependent of all the nations on its satellites for national security, commercial, and other purposes, and the potential of losing them through some aggressive act would be potentially catastrophic. A vocal cadre of space power theorists advocates weaponizing space to protect American satellites. At the same time, a fifty-year policy has been in place that eschews weapons and allows unimpeded actions of all spacefaring nations. Joan Johnson-Freese's important new book offers a broad-based discussion of the 'ins and outs' of this policy debate, its international context, and prescriptions for the development of a comprehensive U.S. space strategy. It is a most welcome addition to the scholarly literature in the national security space policy arena." -- Roger D. Launius, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

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Preface Acknowledgments 1. A Clash of Ambitions 2. The Conundrum of Dual-Use Technology 3. From Apollo to Where? 4. The Militarization of Space 5. The Weaponization of Space 6. The Politicization of the U.S. Aerospace Industry 7. The Ambitions of Europe 8. The Ambitions of China 9. Avoiding a Clash of Ambitions: Toward a Comprehensive U.S. Space Strategy Notes Index

About the Author

Joan Johnson-Freese is professor and chair of the Department of National Security Decision-Making at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She has been studying and writing about space issues for more than twenty years, and her many books include Changing Patterns of International Cooperation in Space and, with Roger Handberg, Space, the Dormant Frontier: Changing the Paradigm for the Twenty-First Century.


"Any discussion of space policy would benefit from the informed, reasoned opinions of Joan Johnson-Freese." -- Eve Lichtgarn, The Space Review

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