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On the Edge of Earth: The Future of American Space Power

by Steven Lambakis

University Press of Kentucky

365, January

Hardcover, 39.95

ISBN: 0813121981

The United States has long exploited Earth’s orbits to enhance security, generate wealth, and solidify its position as a world leader. But America’s ambivalence toward military activities in space undermines our future security, argues Steven Lambakis.

Washington possesses a peculiar regard for space and warfare. One viewpoint perceives space as a place to defend and fight for America’s vital interests. Another, frequently dominant, looks upon space as a preserve not to be despoiled by earthly strife.

Lambakis reviews key political, military, and business developments in space over the past forty years. Emphasizing that we should not take our unobstructed and unlimited access to space for granted, he identifies potential space threats and policy flaws and offers steps to meet national security demands for the twenty-first century.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Part 1: Vital Force

  1. In Space Is Our Trust: How and Why Does Space Impact the United States?
  2. Space and International Security Affairs: What Role Does Space Play in International Relations?
  3. Evolution of a Space Power: What Are the Implications of the Space Revolution for U.S. Military Strategy?

    Part 2: In the Arena

  4. Survival in the Twenty-first Century: Is There a Credible Threat to U.S. Space Systems?
  5. The Shattered Sanctum: How Might Space Be Used against the United States?
  6. The Pitfalls of Arrogance and the Limits of Military Power: How Might a Technologically Inferior Adversary Gain an Advantage?

    Part 3: Confronting Janus

  7. National Defense Space Policy: How Has Policy Evolved since Eisenhower?
  8. Freedom of Space and the Defect of Present Policy: Why Is the United States Unprepared for Its Military Future in Space?
  9. Putting on a New Face: Maturing the United States’ Policy Vision

    Appendix: Elementary Descriptions of Orbits

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