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Author O'Hanlon, Michael E.

Title Neither Star Wars nor sanctuary : constraining the military uses of space / Michael E. O'Hanlon
Published Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2004]


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Description xiii, 173 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. A Brief Primer on Space and Satellites -- 3. Current Threats and Technology Trends -- 4. A Future Taiwan Strait Conflict-- 5. Arms Control in Space-- 6. Preserving U.S. Dominance while Slowing the Weaponization of Space
Summary "Since the cold war, space has come to harbor many tools of the tactical warfighters. Satellites have long been used to provide strategic communication, early warning of missile launch, and arms control verification. The U.S. armed forces increasingly uses space assets to locate and strike targets on the battlefield. To date, though, no country deploys destructive weapons in space, for use against space or Earth targets, and no country possesses ground-based weapons designed explicitly to damage objects in space. The line between nonweaponization and weaponization is blurry, to be sure - but it has not yet been crossed."
"In Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary, Michael E. O'Hanlon makes a case for keeping it this way. The United States, with military space budgets of around $20 billion a year, enjoys a remarkably favorable military advantage in space. Pursuing a policy of space weaponization solely in order to maximize its own military capabilities would needlessly jeopardize this situation by likely hastening development of space weapons in numerous countries. It would also reaffirm the prevalent international image of the United States as a global cowboy of sorts, too quick to reach for the gun." "O'Hanlon therefore asserts that U.S. military space policy should focus on delaying any movement toward weaponization, without foreclosing the option of developing space weapons in the future, if necessary. Extreme positions that would either hasten to weaponize space or permanently rule this out are not consistent with technological realities and U.S. security interests."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-164) and index
Subject Astronautics, Military -- United States.
Ballistic missile defenses -- United States.
Space warfare.
World politics -- 21st century.
United States -- Military policy.
Author Brookings Institution.
LC no. 2004004467
ISBN 0815764561 cloth alkaline paper
081576457X paperback alkaline paper