By Joan Johnson-Freese
In the preferred mind's eye, house is the ultimate frontier. Will that frontier be a wild west, or will it in its place be handled because the oceans are: as an international commons, the place trade is authorized to flourish and nobody state dominates? At this second, international locations are loose to ship missions to Mars or release house stations. area satellites are important to a few of the actions that experience develop into a part of our day-by-day lives—from climate forecasting to GPS and satellite tv for pc radio. The militaries of the USA and a number of different international locations have additionally made area a serious arena—spy and communique satellites are necessary to their operations. starting with the Reagan management and its try to create a missile protection approach to guard opposed to assault by way of the Soviet Union, the U.S. army has made up our minds that the us will be the dominant strength in area on the way to guard civilian and protection resources. In Heavenly Ambitions, Joan Johnson-Freese attracts from a myriad of resources to argue that the us is at the flawed course: first, by way of politicizing the query of area threats and, moment, by means of carrying on with to think that army domination in house is the one option to shield U.S. pursuits in space.
Johnson-Freese, who has written and lectured generally on area coverage, lays out her imaginative and prescient of the way forward for area as a frontier the place countries cooperate and armed forces job is circumscribed by way of palms keep watch over treaties that might permit not anyone country to dominate—just as not anyone nation's army dominates the world's oceans. this can be within the world's curiosity and, most crucial, within the U.S. nationwide interest.
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