Security and Stability in the New Space Age: The Orbital Security Dilemma, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Security and Stability in the New Space Age

The Orbital Security Dilemma, 1st Edition

By Brad Townsend


288 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367432072
pub: 2020-07-13
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This book examines the drivers behind great-power security competition in space to determine whether realistic strategic alternatives exist to further militarization.

Space is an area of increasing economic and military competition. This book offers an analysis of actions and events indicative of a growing security dilemma in space, which is generating an intensifying arms race between the US, China, and Russia. It explores the dynamics behind a potential future war in space and investigates methods of preventing an arms race from an International Relations theory and military-strategy standpoint. The book is divided into three parts: the first section offers a broad discussion of the applicability of International Relations theory to current conditions in space; the second is a direct application of theory to the space environment to determine whether competition or cooperation is the optimal strategic choice; the third section focuses on testing the hypotheses against reality, by analyzing novel alternatives to three major categories of space systems. The volume concludes with a study of the practical limitations of applying a strategy centred on commercialization as a method of defusing the orbital security dilemma.

This book will be of interest to students of space power, strategic studies and International Relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Orbital Security Dilemma

3. Power, Motive, Intent, and Information

4. Deterrence and Reassurance

5. Military Satellite Communications

6. Remote Sensing

7. Missile Warning

8. Competition or Cooperation?


About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Brad Townsend is currently an Army Space Officer assigned as a space policy advisor on the Pentagon Joint Staff, and has a PhD in Military Strategy from the Air University.

About the Series

Space Power and Politics

The Space Power and Politics series will provide a forum where space policy and historical issues can be explored and examined in-depth. The series will produce works that examine civil, commercial, and military uses of space and their implications for international politics, strategy, and political economy. This will include works on government and private space programs, technological developments, conflict and cooperation, security issues, and history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General