Accession Number : ADA195014

Title :   Antisatellite Weapons and Satellite Deployment Strategies.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Chapman, Randall W

PDF Url : ADA195014

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Space is becoming a more and more likely arena for future combat. The strength of future US antisatellite capabilities and the survivability of US satellites will determine if space power supports US national security, The study evaluates the oft stated conclusion that ASATs destabilize superpower relations. The study concludes that the actual sources of instability are the weaknesses in current US military space strategy. These weaknesses are (1) failure to deploy ASAT systems and (2) continued reliance on a small number of highly vulnerable, complex, multipurpose satellites. Deployment of a US ASAT and a move to a more survivable satellite deployment strategy--suggestive of current Soviet practices--will be stabilizing influences in superpower relations.

Descriptors :   *ANTISATELLITE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *MILITARY SATELLITES, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, DEPLOYMENT, MULTIPURPOSE, NATIONAL SECURITY, SOURCES, SPACE SYSTEMS, SPACE WEAPONS, STABILITY, MILITARY STRATEGY, SURVIVABILITY, SPACE WARFARE, BALANCE OF POWER

Subject Categories : Antisatellite Defense Systems
      Space Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE