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Space Warfare: Strategy, Principles and Policy [Paperback]

John J. Klein
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Aug. 17 2006 0415407966 978-0415407960 1

This new study considers military space strategy within the context of the land and naval strategies of the past.

Explaining why and how strategists note the similarities of space operations to those of the air and naval forces, this book shows why many such strategies unintentionally lead to overemphasizing the importance of space-based offensive weaponry and technology.

Counter to most U.S. Air Force doctrines, the book argues that space-based weapons don’t imbue superiority. It examines why both air and naval strategic frameworks actually fail to adequately capture the scope of real-world issues regarding current space operations. Yet by expanding a naval strategic framework to include maritime activities—which includes the interaction of land and sea—the breadth of issues and concerns regarding space activities and operations can be fully encompassed.

Commander John Klein, United States Navy, uses Sir Julian Corbett’s maritime strategy as a strategic springboard, while observing the salient lessons of other strategists—including Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Jomini, and Mao Tse-tung—to show how a space strategy and associated principles of space warfare can be derived to predict concerns, develop ideas, and suggest policy not currently recognized.

This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars of military and strategic studies and to those with an interest in space strategy in particular.

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Given the lack of the broad implications of placing into orbit weapon system in the national policy debate, this book offer a glimpse of what would it require for a nation state to develop the resources to train and sustain space activities. It also provide reasons why would nations fight over orbits and resources; turning the final frontier into the final battlefield.

My personal recommendation would be for three particular groups:

1) For any student writing a policy paper and needing additional references.

2) Wargame designers desperate chasing nerd dollars in the development of board games.

3) Space based gamers-most likely a online version of Kerbal Space Program.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 4 "REVIEWS" BY THE BOOK'S AUTHOR??? Sept. 16 2008
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This book has 4 Amazon reviews, all by the book's author. No wonder they're glowing reviews. Doesn't anyone @ Amazon police this sort of thing?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Oct. 29 2006
By John J. Klein - Published on
Pretty good book on space power and strategy. Doesn't really address technology and tactics, but covers mostly the theory and strategic principles of space warfare.
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