War in heaven: the arms race in outer space

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The New Press :
Pub. Date:
2007.
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English
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When most of us think about the potential of outer space for future generations, we think of world communications, satellite navigation, and scientific exploration. U.S. Space Command, however, thinks about weapons. Believing that conflict in space and wars fought from space are inevitable, the president has called on the agency to weaponize outer space and thus provoke an arms race that could cost the United States trillions of dollars and could lead to the demise of the human race.

In War in Heaven, a Nobel Prize–nominated peace activist and a former U.S. foreign service officer (who helped write the Outer Space Treaty of 1967) look at the history of military uses of space and the current plans for “militarizing the heavens,” including kinetic, laser, nuclear bombardment, and anti-satellite weapons. Contrary to the claims of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the United States faces a “space Pearl Harbor,” Caldicott and Eisendrath show that the United States itself is today the principal obstruction to passage of an international treaty banning weapons from outer space.

At a time when plans to build and deploy space weapons are on the administration’s agenda but only just becoming known to the general public, this book will help launch a national discussion of a critical issue.

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table_of_contents A brief history of outer space -- The peaceful potential of outer space -- Missile defense : the prelude to space-based weapons -- The weaponization of outer space -- Alternatives to weapons in outer space -- Appendix 1: some basic information about outer space and outer space weapons -- Appendix 2: Treaty on principles governing the activities of states in the exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies (the Outer Space Treaty of 1967).
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