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This report presents the results of a study that examined the extent to which both military and economic spacepower will influence national security strategy and the conduct of future military operations. It attempts to articulate the key military space policy issues facing the United States and place them in the larger context of a changing strategic environment to define new options for the exercise of spacepower in the pursuit of national interests. The proliferation of military space forces from the Cold War to the present can be seen in the increasing capabilities of these forces and the expanding roles they are expected to play in future missions. Space forces will be expected to perform an array of space-related functions, including early warning and integrated tactical warning and attack assessment, weather/environmental monitoring, satellite communications, surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation and positioning, space control, and, possibly, ballistic missile defense and force application.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    The "Proliferation" of Spacepower: A Geopolitical and Policy Context

  • Chapter Three

    Trends in Space-Related Functions: Opportunities for Collaboration and Possibilities for Conflict

  • Chapter Four

    Illustrative Military Space Strategy Options in the Post-Cold War World

  • Chapter Five

    Updates Since 1994

  • Chapter Six

    Challenges for the Future

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