Accession Number : ADA311050

Title :   Plowshares and Power: The Military Use of Civil Space,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Preston, Bob

PDF Url : ADA311050

Report Date : 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 370

Abstract : Since the wall dividing the Germanies came down, symbolically marking the end of the Cold War, three new movements have become clear in the strategic planning of the more powerful nations: (1) regional issues are supplanting global ones; (2) roles and missions for the armed forces are changing; (3) the balance between military and economic strength is shifting toward the economic. The United States is experiencing major changes in all three areas. With the third area in particular, U.S. planners urgently need new policies to exploit technological advantages in general, and the military uses of civil space in particular. Plowshares and Power offers a framework for creating such policy alternatives. It examines future possibilities in three military applications of civil space: remote sensing, communication, and navigation. In suggesting a new mix of strategies for each application, it finds a single common basis rooted in the changing balance of strength between the military and the economic-namely, export controls of new technology. It offers a detailed model as a standard for a new technology policy-one that would help create technology advantage, preserve it, and maintain control over technology transfer. Colonel Preston's work cuts through the complexities and uncertainties of the issues he addresses. His vision is to sustain our critical military advantage in advanced space technologies and, by so doing, maintain the powerful economic force of U.S. commercial growth in these technologies. He envisions a controlling strategy in which military power and economic power are not competitive with each other but synergistic.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *SPACE SYSTEMS, *REMOTE DETECTORS, *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *COMMUNICATION SATELLITES, *ASTRONAUTICS, NATIONAL SECURITY, MARKETING, ECONOMIC IMPACT, MODIFICATION, VULNERABILITY, RESOLUTION, COSTS, GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, NAVIGATION SATELLITES, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, MILITARY PLANNING, CIVIL AFFAIRS, LAND AREAS, BEACONS.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Space Warfare
      Astronautics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE