Toward a Theory of Space Power: Defining Principles of U.S. Space Policy

Nearly half a century into the’Space Age’, is it finally possible to extract the principles of ‘Space Power’ in the same way that Mahan encoded ‘Sea Power’ and Mitchell, ‘Air Power’? Can national policies be chosen on a more rational basis than short-term domestic advantages, esthetics, and even whim? Oberg describes some fundamental principles that are needed more often — and some common misconceptions that still need to be eliminated — for weighing future policies and programs across the military, scientific, and commercial arenas of space activities.

James Oberg worked for 22 years as a space engineer in Houston, where he specialized in NASA space shuttle operations for orbital rendezvous, as a contractor employee. He has written ten books and a thousand magazine and newspaper articles on all aspects of space flight. Among these books are Red Star in Orbit, New Earths, Pioneering Space, The New Race for Space, and Uncovering Soviet Disasters. His last book, Theory of Space Power, commissioned by the US Space Command, described how the United States has achieved space superiority and how it can exploit and maintain it into the next century.

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