The Militarization of Space

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Militarization of Space is part of the Global Issues series, which is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on the key challenges facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's impact in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful ...

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Overview

Militarization of Space is part of the Global Issues series, which is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on the key challenges facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's impact in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

The international community is at a critical threshold in space policy. Weapons and technologies once thought to be the domain of science fiction have become reality, and new powers such as China are threatening to unseat the United States as the global leader in space. With the presence of these new powers come new issues for the international community, all of which will need to be addressed in the decades to come.

Militarization of Space provides a history of space exploration and militarization, analyzes past and current laws governing space, and addresses future expected developments in the field. Also presented are case studies of the United States, Russia, the European Space Agency, and China, as well as emerging players such as Japan, North Korea, South Korea, India, Pakistan, and Iran.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816078738
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Samuel Black vii

List of Maps and Tables ix

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xi

Part I At Issue

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

What Is Militarization of Space? 4

Regulating Space 13

Current Situation 23

Counterstrategies 28

Chapter 2 Focus on the United States 34

Early Rocket and Aviation Efforts 34

Post-Cold War America, 1990 to the Present 55

Current and Future Space Policy 62

Pros and Cons of Space Weaponization for the United States 64

Chapter 3 Global Perspectives 70

USSR/Russia 71

European Space Agency 84

China 87

Emerging Players 95

Conclusion 107

Part II Primary Sources

Chapter 4 United States Documents 117

Chapter 5 International Documents 191

Part III Research Tools

Chapter 6 How to Research the Militarization of Space 247

How to Start 247

Researching the Topic 249

Chapter 7 Facts and Figures 257

United States Militarization of Space 257

International Militarization of Space 262

Chapter 8 Key Players A to Z 267

Chapter 9 Organizations and Agencies 277

Chapter 10 Annotated Bibliography 296

General Works on the Militarization of Space 297

General Works on Spacecraft and Space Stations 303

General Works on Satellites 304

Antiballistic Missiles and Missile Defense Systems 307

Antisatellite (ASAT) Weapons 311

Debris and Environmental Management 313

International Space Law 314

Commercial Use of Outer Space 317

Case Studies 319

Chronology 341

Glossary 363

Index 377

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