Accession Number:

ADA509492

Title:

Space Weaponization and US-China Relations

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL STRATEGIC STUDIES QUARTERLY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

The issues surrounding the weaponization of outer space present difficult security and diplomatic challenges to the United States in its relationship with foreign states. Several features of space weaponization account for these difficulties. First, many space technologies have dual-use capacity, making it difficult for states to distinguish between defensive and offensive preparations or conventional and space weapons.1 Second, some defense analysts argue that space weapons are inherently better suited to offensive than defensive warfare since they are able to launch powerful attacks quickly but are vulnerable to attack.2 Third, due to insufficient situational awareness in space and poor forensic ability, the causes of satellite failures can be unclear, creating the potential for both anonymous attacks and groundless accusations of antisatellite ASAT attacks.3 Finally, as in many areas of foreign policy, states often send mixed signals regarding their true intentions in space.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Space Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE