Accession Number : AD1039544

Title :   Weaponizing the Final Frontier: The United States and the New Space Race

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Solano,Joseph

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Report Date : 09 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : Weaponizing space has been a major topic of debate in the United States for over sixty years. Recent steps by adversarial nations continue to increase tensions in the space domain. The central research question is, should the United States develop and deploy weapons in space? The ultimate decision is driven by the National Space Policy developed by the President of the United States. The two major courses of action are develop and deploy space based (offensive and defensive) or continue the path towards maintaining space as a peaceful sanctuary. Either decision will have numerous impacts on the national instruments of power and operational variables. The best course of action for the United States is to maintain the initiative by developing and deploying space based weapons in order to protect national security and freedom of access.

Descriptors :   united states strategic command , antiballistic missiles , space systems , space weapons , space warfare , space environments , international law , treaties , unified combatant commands , agreements , united states government , military operations , antisatellite missiles

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE