This book examines the recent shift in US space policy and the forces that continually draw the US back into a space-technology security dilemma.
The dual-use nature of the vast majority of space technology, meaning of value to both civilian and military communities and being unable to differentiate offensive from defensive intent of military hardware, makes space an area particularly ripe for a security dilemma. In contrast to previous administrations, the Obama Administration has pursued a less militaristic space policy, instead employing a strategic restraint approach that stressed multilateral diplomacy to space challenges. The latter required international solutions and the United States, subsequently, even voiced support for an International Code of Conduct for Space. That policy held until the Chinese anti-satellite (ASAT) test in 2013, which demonstrated expanded Chinese capabilities. This volume explores the issues arising from evolving space capabilities across the world and the security challenges this poses. It subsequently discusses the complexity of the space environment and argues that all tools of national power must be used, with some degree of balance, toward addressing space challenges and achieving space goals.
This book will be of much interest to students of space policy, defence studies, foreign policy, security studies and IR.
Joan Johnson-Freese is a Professor and former Chair of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and author of several books.
Preface 1. Protecting Space Assets 2. Congested, Contested, and Competitive 3. Avoiding Thucydides' Trap 4. Deter, Defend, Defeat 5. Feeding the Beast 6. Space Development and Governance 7. Space at the Tipping Point