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A FAST-FOLLOWING SPACE CONTROL STRATEGY

A FAST-FOLLOWING SPACE CONTROL STRATEGY Astropolitics, 3:35–42 Copyright # 2005 Taylor & Francis Inc. ISSN: 1477-7622 print DOI: 10.1080/14777620590933575 WESLEY HALLMAN United States Air Force Introduction As the United States military continues its modern transformation, it is becoming increasingly reliant on space assets. With this reliance inevitably come vulnerabilities, attracting ever more attention and concern for safeguarding space and denying it to adversaries space control including the potential for weaponizing space. With this reliance and vulnerability, it appears that weapo- nization of space by some state in the foreseeable future is a fore- gone conclusion. Perhaps nothing is inevitable, but with a high probability of weaponization at some future time, the important question discussed here is simply: ‘Can the United States afford to be second to weaponize space?’ At first glance, the apparent answer is ‘no’. Advocates of unilateral weaponization of space argue that should the United States dither and allow an adversary to weaponize space first, it would surrender to them the ultimate high ground and all the advantages that entails. These advantages could include the possibility of denying space resources and capa- bilities to other states, capabilities that have become a vital and vulnerable center of gravity for the United States and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Astropolitics Taylor & Francis

A FAST-FOLLOWING SPACE CONTROL STRATEGY

Astropolitics , Volume 3 (1): 8 – Apr 1, 2005
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Astropolitics, 3:35–42 Copyright # 2005 Taylor & Francis Inc. ISSN: 1477-7622 print DOI: 10.1080/14777620590933575 WESLEY HALLMAN United States Air Force Introduction As the United States military continues its modern transformation, it is becoming increasingly reliant on space assets. With this reliance inevitably come vulnerabilities, attracting ever more attention and concern for safeguarding space and denying it to adversaries space control including the potential for weaponizing space. With this reliance and vulnerability, it appears that weapo- nization of space by some state in the foreseeable future is a fore- gone conclusion. Perhaps nothing is inevitable, but with a high probability of weaponization at some future time, the important question discussed here is simply: ‘Can the United States afford to be second to weaponize space?’ At first glance, the apparent answer is ‘no’. Advocates of unilateral weaponization of space argue that should the United States dither and allow an adversary to weaponize space first, it would surrender to them the ultimate high ground and all the advantages that entails. These advantages could include the possibility of denying space resources and capa- bilities to other states, capabilities that have become a vital and vulnerable center of gravity for the United States and

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Published: Apr 1, 2005

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