The US Military and Outer Space

Perspectives, Plans and Programs

By Peter L. Hays

© 2016 – Routledge

240 pages

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Hardback: 9780415366540
pub: 2016-04-30

About the Book

This new book clearly explains the evolution of US military perspectives, plans, and programmes for the use of space from the 1950s to the present.

It shows how and why the military’s use of space has moved from the highest strategic levels down to the tactical level, enabling a new American way of war that substitutes precision for mass. It also explores the role of key individuals and organizations in shaping the military’s use of space and evaluates the utility of the evolution of airpower doctrine and organizations as an analogy for the development of space power. The book would also cover recent events such as the use of space for precision bombing and network-centric warfare in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as recent political and bureaucratic developments such as implementing the recommendations of the Rumsfeld Space Commission.

This book will be of great interest to all students of space warfare, US strategic thinking and of strategic and military studies in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Overview and Methods 2. Definitions, Models and Hypotheses 3. Squandered Inheritance 4. Clash of the Titans 5. Sanctuary Supreme 6. Increasing Militarization and Possible Weaponization 7. Summary and Conclusions

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 / General