Accession Number : ADA262201

Title :   A Look at the Space Industry

Descriptive Note : Research paper

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Kulbacki, James W.

PDF Url : ADA262201

Report Date : APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : Space systems have grown to assume a critical role in our national security posture. The changing geopolitical world and associated military balance, coupled with the continued reduction in the Department of Defense (DoD) budget, dictates the need for us to be intimately aware of the space industry and its impact on the industrial base and national security. This paper is designed to provide the foundation from which the reader can become versed in the key elements of the space industry; the principal commercial and governmental players; and the functions, products, and services these players provide. Also, the paper describes recent space industry performance in terms of its size, structure, growth, and workforce. Finally, U.S. space policy and strategy are discussed and their future ramifications are briefly examined.

Descriptors :   *SPACECRAFT, *INDUSTRIES, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *POLICIES, *STRATEGY, *SPACE SYSTEMS, GUIDED MISSILES, STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE, SPACE COMMUNICATIONS, FEDERAL BUDGETS, CHINA, GROUND STATIONS, LAUNCH VEHICLES, PERSONNEL, INDIA, CORPORATIONS, RUSSIA, JAPAN, NATIONAL SECURITY

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Astronautics
      Unmanned Spacecraft
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE