War in space : strategy, spacepower, geopolitics / Bleddyn E. Bowen.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, Copyright date: ©2020Description: 1 online resource (xii, 316 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781474450508; 1474450504Other title: Strategy, spacepower, geopoliticsSubject(s): Space control (Military science) | Space warfare | International relationsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 327.0919 LOC classification: UG1523 | . B69 2020Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Introduction -- Part I. Imperial traditions: space dominance. 1. Spacepower, empire and theory ; 2. Commanding space: bluewater foundations -- Part II. A new vision of spacepower: the celestial coastline. 3. Continental insights and strategic manoeuvring ; 4. Astroculture and geocentrism -- Part III. The influence of spacepower upon warfare. 5. Dispersal, concentration, and defence ; 6. A clash of spacepowers -- Conclusion: spacepower and international relation.
This book presents a theory of spacepower and considers the implications of space technology on strategy and international relations. The spectre of space warfare stalks the major powers as outer space increasingly defines geopolitical and military competition. As satellites have become essential for modern warfare, strategists are asking whether the next major war will begin or be decided in outer space. Only strategic theory can explore the decisiveness and effects of war in space on grand strategy and international relations. Bleddyn E. Bowen applies the wisdom of military strategy to outer space and presents a compelling new vision of Earth's orbit as a coastline, rather than an open ocean or an extension of airspace as many have assumed. Rooted in the classical military works of Clausewitz, Mahan and Castex, to name a few, Bowen puts forward new principles for strategic thought about space that explain the pervasive and inescapable influence of spacepower on strategy and the changing military balance of the 21st century.
Includes bibliographical references and index.