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Understanding Space Strategy

The Art of War in Space, 1st Edition

By John J. Klein

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256 pages

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pub: 2019-03-25
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This book examines the rise of great power competition in space, including the relevant and practical space strategies for China, Russia, the United States, and other countries.

The work discusses the concepts and writings of past strategists, such as Thucydides, Sun Tzu, and Clausewitz, in relation to warfare initiated in or extending into space. This analysis underscores why polities initiate war based upon an assessment of fear, honor, and interest, and explains why this will also be true of war in space. Based upon the timeless strategic writings of the past, the book uncovers the strategy of space warfare, along with the concepts of deterrence, dissuasion, and the inherent right of self-defense, and outlines strategies for great, medium, and emerging space powers. Additionally, it highlights changes needed to space strategy based upon the Law of Armed Conflict, norms of behavior, and Rules of Engagement. The work also examines advancements and emerging trends in the commercial space sector, as well as what these changes mean for the implementation of a practical space strategy. Given the rise of great power competition in space, this work presents a practical space strategy based upon historical experience.

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

Table of Contents

1. Space as a Warfighting Domain

2. Space Strategy

3. Technology and Space Warfare

4. Space Deterrence and the Law of War

5. Space Strategy for Great Powers

6. Space Strategy for Medium Powers

7. Space Strategy for Emerging Powers

8. Space as a Business Domain

9. Looking Up and Forward

About the Author

John J. Klein is a Senior Fellow and Strategist at Falcon Research, USA; and serves as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. He is the author of Space Warfare: Strategy, Principles and Policy (2006).

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:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
HIS027060
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
HIS027140
HISTORY / Military / Aviation
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General