Accession Number:

ADA525715

Title:

Some Propositions on Spacepower

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

At the turn of the 21st century, spacepower remains on unsure theoretical and doctrinal footing. Despite more than forty years as the dominant actor in military space, the Air Force has not found a definitive way of conceptualizing space. It vacillates between the terms aerospace and air and space to describe operating environments beyond the earths surface. Indeed, this distinction gives rise to heated debate among the members of two schools of thought. One holds that air and space operations form a single dimension of military power. The other sees them as separate and distinct. The case for airpower as an autonomous dimension of military power is convincing and generally understood however, the same cannot be said of spacepower, especially inside the Air Force. The propositions that follow describe the nature of spacepower and serve as a foundation for a working spacepower theory.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE