Military Space and National Policy: Record and Interpretation

This report considers the evolution of U.S. national security space policy. Of course, history is not a guide for the future, but it does offer knowledge and important context for adjudicating future disputes over competing interests and policy direction. We are grateful for R. Cargill Hall’s willingness to share his thoughts and views on this topic. His distinguished career as an historian for space affairs uniquely affords him with insights that he graciously shares in this report.

In his comment on Dr. Hall’s piece, Dr. Robert Butterworth illustrates why exploring the baseline of what we as a nation have done about national security space is so important. He offers a different interpretation of this evolution of national interests and their manifestation in policy.

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