This article details the history of the weaponization of space, beginning with a description of 1950s United States space policy as outlined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Subsequent major sections of the article discuss Early Steps toward Weaponization, Overt Advocacy, Arms Control Counterargument, Chicken Little, and Back to the Future. The conclusion delineates lessons learned from the Air Force's space weaponization, and ultimately states that the nonweaponization of space may be eeven more in the national interest than in Eisenhower's day.
Aerospace Power Journal (Spring 2000), v. 14, no. 1, p. 46-52