Accession Number : AD1051092

Title :   The Modern Space Domain: On the Eve of Weaponization

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Jul 2017,09 Apr 2018

Corporate Author : Joint Forces Staff College / NDU NORFOLK United States

Personal Author(s) : Hauser,MARK A

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Report Date : 09 Apr 2018

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : Over the past 60 years, the world, and most decisively the US, harnessed space-enabled effects for both military and civil purposes. The lack of comprehensive international agreements restricting non-WMD offensive space-based capabilities and the asymmetric advantages space capabilities provide the US military represent an opportunity and incentive for potential competitors to weaponize space. This thesis examines the evolution of the space domain and provides recommendations for the future US space posture through three lenses: redesigning a space strategy based on deterrence, reviewing the organizational structure, and completing a space-based capability review that avoids a security dilemma in space.

Descriptors :   space situational awareness , international law , treaties , spacecraft , national security , space systems , artificial satellites , space objects , military operations , payload , reconnaissance , space environments , space transportation

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE