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Of Death Stars and Death Rays: A Glimpse At The Future of Space Warfare

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Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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Since its first big splash in Operation DESERT STORM, space has experienced a revolution in warfare the likes of which have often been compared to that of Airpower following World War I. But for all the promise of an expanded space force following the release of the 2001 Space Commission Report, the events of 911 forced the United States to turn its attention to irregular warfare. Now with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to an end and with the pivot in motion to confront threats in East Asia, the United States is returning to conventional warfare to face the challenges that lie ahead. Yet, questions of how space will play a role in this and other future fights have largely gone unanswered.

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