Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Space as a Strategic Asset

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Space as a Strategic Asset

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Space as a Strategic Asset by Joan Johnson-Freese. Columbia University Press (http://www.columbia .edu/cu/cup), 61 West 62nd Street, New York, New York 10023, 2007, 320 pages, $45.00 (hardcover).

Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, professor and chair of the Department of National Security Decision Making at the Naval War College, is an expert on the political aspects of space as an important military and commercial environment in which the United States has a critical national-security interest. Her book Space as a Strategic Asset offers a wonderfully insightful account of the necessity of managing US forays into this region. It addresses the political goals of the United States, Russia, China, and Europe as well as the roles played by NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Department of Defense concerning the following space systems: Helios, Clipper, Columbus, Apollo, Galileo, Ariane, International Space Station, Soyuz, Global Navigation Satellite System, Shenzhen, and the global positioning system.

The book has the right focus for discussing the political, commercial, and military interests of space as a region of national interest. Not filled with technical equations about raising a platform into low Earth orbit, it instead clearly explains why various countries desire to utilize such a platform. …

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