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1st Edition

Space and Defense Policy

ISBN 9780415778794
Published December 4, 2009 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

This edited volume introduces the reader to the role of space in military and defense strategy, and outlines some of the major foreign and domestic actors in the space arena, as well as constraints of law and treaties on activities in space. It also addresses science and technology as they relate to space policy.

The book addresses three main questions:

  • How does the realm of space fit into strategic thinking about national security?
  • How does policy regarding space develop and what considerations, both in the United States and abroad, figure prominently in calculations about space policy?
  • How do different states/nations/actors regard the role of space in their national security calculations and how do these policies impact each other?

This book fills a niche in the space policy field, providing insights into space and strategy from international experts from the military, academic and scientific communities. A unique feature of the book is the chapter on science and technology, which utilizes the latest information available concerning space utilization and exploration.



Table of Contents

Introduction Damon Coletta  1. Space and Grand Strategy Jim Wirtz  2. Space, Science, and Technology Tim Lawrence, Ken Siegenthaler, and Tom Ward  3. Space and the Economy Bruce Linster  4. Understanding Space Law: Legal Framework for Space Jonty Kasku-Jackson and Elizabeth Waldrop  5. Cooperation in Space: International Institutions Tom Graham and Darren Huskisson  6. The Policy Process Eligar Sadeh and Brenda Vallance  7. Space and the Military Pete Hays  8. Space and Intelligence: A Case Study David Christopher Arnold  9. The Acquisition Process: Acquiring Technology for Space and Defense Steve Green, Kurt Heppard, and Robert Tremaine  10. The Civil Sector John Logsdon and Mick Gleason  11. Russia and China: Strategic Choices Concerning Space Clay Moltz  12. The European Space Perspective Xavier Pasco  13. The Impact of Foreign Space Policies on U.S. Defense Policy James Vedda and David Turner  Conclusion Roger Harrison  Appendix: Landmarks in U.S. Space Policy Preston Arnold


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Damon Coletta is Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.

Frances T. Pilch is Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. She is the Division Chief for International Relations and National Security Studies.