Escalation and Arms Races: Rivalry Not Rhetoric
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB
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From the 2001 Rumsfeld report, to the 2007 Chinese anti-satellite ASAT test, to Chinas 2014 alleged test of a geostationary orbit ASAT, the defense community has had ample reason to place more emphasis on space. The most recent manifestations of this emphasis is the possible creation of a Space Force and changes in strategic rhetoric about the space domain. These are seismic shifts from the way the U.S. addressed space during the Cold War, when the National Reconnaissance Office covertly conducted military efforts in space while the National Aeronautics and Space Administration openly conducted peaceful space exploration. This arrangement specifically aimed to maintain space as a peaceful sanctuary. The creation of a Space Force implies a militarized change to this construct.
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