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


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Pollpeter, Kevin


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a478502.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 75


Abstract : China's 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 China's rise as a space power and its implications for the United States. He argues that China's use of space power is part of an integrated approach to increasing its comprehensive national power and achieving great power status. As a result, China's increasing space power challenges the United States militarily, economically, commercially, and politically. China's 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 China's rise as a space power as well as a number of policies designed to respond to the challenges it presents.


Descriptors :   *SPACE TECHNOLOGY , *CHINA , WEAPONS , POLICIES , RESPONSE , PERSONNEL , ANTISATELLITE DEFENSE SYSTEMS , ASCENT TRAJECTORIES , POWER , SPACE SCIENCES , SPACE SYSTEMS , UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : Astronautics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE