Accession Number:

ADA478502

Title:

Building for the Future: China's Progress in Space Technology During the Tenth 5-Year Plan and the U.S. Response

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

Chinas space program has achieved spectacular success in recent years. Since 2003 China has launched two human space flight missions, destroyed a satellite with a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon, and launched a moon orbiter. In this monograph, Mr. Kevin Pollpeter assesses Chinas rise as a space power and its implications for the United States. He argues that Chinas use of space power is part of an integrated approach to increasing its comprehensive national power and achieving great power status. As a result, Chinas increasing space power challenges the United States militarily, economically, commercially, and politically. Chinas increasing space capabilities will erode the U.S. lead in space in both absolute and relative terms. Nevertheless, the loss of preeminence in space need not result in the United States losing its role as the leading space power. To maintain its lead, the United States will not only need to improve technologically, but also train and keep a competent workforce, develop new and innovative ways to compete commercially, and expand the role of space in its exercise of soft power. To this end, this monograph offers valuable insights into Chinas rise as a space power as well as a number of policies designed to respond to the challenges it presents.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE