ABSTRACT

Arming the Skies: The Right Time Has Not Arrived   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This monograph examines the benefits and drawbacks of an aggressive US space weaponization program. The US possesses a lead in space capabilities that places it in a position to field space weapons first and guarantee the security of national space assets for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the dependence of US military forces on space enablers poses a vulnerability that an adversary will likely attempt to exploit in any future conflict. Advocates of weaponizing space view the failure to weaponize space first would represent an abdication of responsibility by US government officials. The risks associated with weaponizing space include the possibility of an increase in nuclear tensions and a diminishment of US national power in terms of diplomatic, information and economic influence."

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2000-12-15
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Air University: http://www.au.af.mil/au/
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