Weaponizing the Final Frontier: The United States and the New Space Race
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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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.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Military Forces and Organizations