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Twilight War: The Folly of U. S. Space Dominance

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Considering the historical background of space militarization and providing an overview of the United States' efforts to militarily dominate space since the dawn of the space age, this book argues that America must either ensure that space-related weapons are verifiably banned for all nations through an international treaty or definitively choose a policy of unilateral space dominance that may lead to an arms race in space and possibly to another cold war. Through a careful discussion of the history of space...

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Overview

Considering the historical background of space militarization and providing an overview of the United States' efforts to militarily dominate space since the dawn of the space age, this book argues that America must either ensure that space-related weapons are verifiably banned for all nations through an international treaty or definitively choose a policy of unilateral space dominance that may lead to an arms race in space and possibly to another cold war. Through a careful discussion of the history of space programs, their impact on past policies and events, the tactical and strategic influence of space weapons on the engagement of war, and the potential pitfalls of a dominance strategy, this book concludes that unilateral military dominance of space by the United States would be a supreme mistake and that it would make Americans less secure.

First place winner in the Ben Franklin Awards for politics/current events; second place winner for science

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First place winner, Ben Franklin Awards, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, in the category of Politics/Current Events

"Moore warns of the dire consequences of the U.S. drive toward the military dominance of space. Twilight War is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to get smart on a possible new cold war in space. Wide-ranging research and an elegant writing style make for an easy tutorial. This is a marvelous book."  — Joseph Cirincione, vice president for national security, Center for American Progress

"Twilight War is an exceptional work. It describes in clear and readable fashion a position that is intellectually honest and refreshing. The research is solid and the inferences made from it are fully supportable. [It] will quickly become a must-read in the field; credible future works of space policy will have to reckon with it. It is a great book."  —Everett C. Dolman, professor of comparative military studies, Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

"Twilight War is a tour de force: a book that easily and informatively intertwines the historical, technological, military, political and, perhaps most importantly, philosophical aspects of Americas unique, and fundamentally conflicted, relationship to its own ambitions in outer space. Given the importance of space to the future of mankind, [it] is a must read for concerned citizens not just in the United States but also around the world."  —Theresa Hitchens, director, Center for Defense Information

"The superb book, Twilight War, is a well-balanced, comprehensive and clearly written analysis that examines the critical issue of space policy in the context of international security and fundamental American values. Concerned citizens as well as responsible governmental officials will gain insight."  Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr., senior military fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

"The attempt by the United States to make itself the worlds space cop, Mike Moore argues in Twilight War, is likely to invite imitation and bring anarchy to space. We are at a fork in the road. Mike Moores gripping and masterful account of war and law in space should be required reading at this fateful juncture."  — John Polanyi, Nobel laureate in chemistry, University of Toronto

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598130188
  • Publisher: Independent Institute, The
  • Publication date: 3/3/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,331,576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Moore, who retired as editor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2000, is a research fellow with The Independent Institute of Oakland, California. He is the author of many articles on national security, conflict resolution, nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation, and military space issues. Previously, he had been the editor of Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an editor and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News, and the Kansas City Star. In 2002-3, he was a member of three national task force/study groups that examined military space policy and national-security issues.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction     xv
Triumphalism in Space     1
Full Spectrum Dominance     21
Nightmare Scenarios     41
Joined at the Hip     57
Prompt Global Strike     79
Put to the Sword     103
True Space Ships     129
Guardian of the Peace     147
The Right Question     159
Open Skies, Space Spies     171
Freedom of Space     187
The Road Not Taken     201
The Americanization of the World     231
The New Utopians     247
The Next Cold War?     261
The Irony of American History     277
Into Space, Anonymously     293
Newton's Cannon     301
Space Control-A Very Old Idea     307
From Silverbird to FALCON     315
Useful Websites     323
Notes     327
Index     374
About the Author     391
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