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 permitted to flourish and nobody state dominates? At this second, countries are unfastened to ship missions to Mars or release house stations. area satellites are very important to the various 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 us and a number of alternative countries have additionally made area a severe arena—spy and communique satellites are necessary to their operations. starting with the Reagan management and its try and create a missile safety process to guard opposed to assault via the Soviet Union, the U.S. army has determined that the USA can be the dominant strength in area for you to shield civilian and protection resources. In Heavenly Ambitions, Joan Johnson-Freese attracts from a myriad of resources to argue that the USA is at the fallacious direction: first, by means of politicizing the query of house threats and, moment, by way of carrying on with to think that army domination in house is the single solution to shield U.S. pursuits in space.
Johnson-Freese, who has written and lectured largely on house coverage, lays out her imaginative and prescient of the way forward for area as a frontier the place international locations cooperate and armed forces task is circumscribed through palms keep an eye on treaties that might let nobody country to dominate—just as nobody nation's army dominates the world's oceans. this is often within the world's curiosity and, most vital, within the U.S. nationwide interest.
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