This paper discusses military strategy for space and how this strategy should be reflected in our decisions concerning the Soviet threat, the role of the military in space, the shuttle, military space programs, arms control negotiations for space, and military space organizations. Three general schools of thought are examined: space as a demilitarized sanctuary, space as the "high ground" for terrestrial force enhancement, and space as a unique military mission. The paper recommends that we should be wary of one-sided arguments. The United States needs a mixed fleet of launchers, a balanced military space program, a goal of negotiating a realistic arms reduction agreement for space, and a major change in our military space organizations. Space should be viewed as a major military consideration requiring a major national commitment.
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