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Space as a Strategic Asset

ISBN-10: 0231136544

ISBN-13: 9780231136549

Edition: 2007

Authors: Joan Johnson-Freese

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Joan Johnson-Freese argues that the race for space weapons and ownership of strategic space assets has alienated the very allies that the Untied States needs in order to maintain its leading role in space exploration. Taking a balanced look at the issues that have contributed to the decline of America's manned space program, such as lack of political support and funding, Johnson-Freese offers not only a critique but also a plan for enhancing U.S. space security through cooperation rather than competition. She begins with a brief overview of the history of international space development through four eras: before Sputnik, the space race, after Apollo, and globalization. Then she focuses on how policy changes of the mid1990s have changed the nation today, examining why the United States has grown obsessed with the development of space technology not just as a tool for globalization but as a route toward expanding an already dominant arsenal of weapons. Johnson-Freese claims these policy choices have greatly affected the attitudes and actions of other countries, and in the fight to achieve security, the United States has instead put itself at greater peril.
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Joan Johnson-Freese is professor and chair of the Department of National Security Decision-Making at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She has been studying and writing about space issues for more than twenty years, and her many books include Changing Patterns of International Cooperation in Spaceand, with Roger Handberg, Space, the Dormant Frontier: Changing the Paradigm for the Twenty-First Century.

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Clash of Ambitions
The Conundrum of Dual-Use Technology
From Apollo to Where?
The Militarization of Space
The Weaponization of Space
The Politicization of the U.S. Aerospace Industry
The Ambitions of Europe
The Ambitions of China
Avoiding a Clash of Ambitions: Toward a Comprehensive U.S. Space Strategy
Notes
Index