- Paperback, 384 pages
- Stanford Security Studies; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-0804760102
At a time when no other country enjoys the advantages that the United States currently reaps from space, some U.S. officials argue that U.S. space defenses will be needed to protect access to critical military and civilian assets in orbit. Others argue that space should be a valuable "sanctuary" from deployed weapons and military conflict.
To inform this debate—and develop meaningful guidelines for the future—Clay Moltz has undertaken the only comprehensive study of the first 50 years of space security, highlighting the main trends in military space developments, their underlying causes, and the factors that are likely to influence their future course.
What emerges is a picture of surprising military restraint shown by the United States and the Soviet Union in space, and the inescapable conclusion that the only way forward is through a multilateral commitment to interdependent, environmentally focused space security.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1: The Dynamics of Space Security: Existing Explanations
Ch. 2: Space and Environmental Security
Ch. 3: Roots of the U.S.-Soviet Space Race: 1920s-1962
Ch. 4: The Emergence of Cooperative Restraint: 1962-1975
Ch. 5: Challenges to Space Security and Their Resolution: 1976-1991
Ch. 6: Post-Cold War Space Uncertainty: 1992-2000
Ch. 7: A New U.S. Perspective on Space and Its Opponents: 2001-2007
Ch. 8: Alternative Futures for Space Security