Space Weapons Earth Wars

by Robert Preston, Dana J. Johnson, Sean J. A. Edwards, Michael D. Miller, Calvin Shipbaugh

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Abstract

This overview aims to inform the public discussion of space-based weapons by examining their characteristics, potential attributes, limitations, legality, and utility. The authors do not argue for or against space weapons, nor do they estimate the potential costs and performance of specific programs, but instead sort through the realities and myths surrounding space weapons in order to ensure that debates and discussions are based on fact.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Background

  • Chapter Three

    Space Weapons Kinds and Capabilities

  • Chapter Four

    Employment

  • Chapter Five

    How Might the United States Acquire Space Weapons?

  • Chapter Six

    How Might Others Acquire Space Weapons?

  • Chapter Seven

    Conclusion

  • Appendix A

    Space-Based Directed-Energy Weapons

  • Appendix B

    Kinetic-Energy Space Weapons

  • Appendix C

    Natural Meteoroides as Weapons

  • Appendix D

    Ballistic Missile Defense Countermeasures

Book Review Excerpts

"… This book is recommended to those wishing to be informed about space weapons. I am not aware of any other book that is as comprehensive. Whether you are for or against space weapons this book provides the material upon which to base your arguments. If you are interested in the military use of space or in national security policy, this is a book for you."

- Physics and Society

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