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Space and Defense Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Damon Coletta, Frances T. Pilch


368 pages

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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

About the Editors

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.

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
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security