Societies rely increasingly on satellites for vital communication services, environmental monitoring, navigation, weather prediction, and scientific research. This largely beneficial trend is expected to intensify as more countries develop satellite technology and utilize the services derived from it.
This briefing addresses how these technological trends have inspired the development of military capabilities in space that go far beyond the traditional intelligence and early warning missions of the Cold War period. It also broadly analyzes U.S. and Chinese civilian and military space programs and policies.
Participants include authors of papers sponsored by CISSM and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Reconsidering the Rules of Space Project.
Author(s): Theresa Hitchens