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Preface  .........................................  iii
Figures  ...................................... ...  ix
Tables ...........................................  xiii
Summary  ........................................  xv
Acknowledgments .................................  xxv
Abbreviations  ....................................  xxvii
Chapter One
   INTRODUCTION  ..............................     1
   Purpose  .....................................   1
   Scope  .......................................   2
   Organization  ..................................  3
Chapter Two
   BACKGROUND  ................................     5
   H istory  ......................................  5
     Early Rocketry ...............................  5
     Satellite Feasibility Studies ......................  6
     Dawn of the Space Age ............... ..........  8
     Bombardment Satellites ................... .....  9
     D efenses  ...................................  12
     ABM  Treaty ........................ .........  13
     The Strategic Defense Initiative ..................  14
   Post-Cold War  ................... ............  15
     Current U.S. Policy and Plans ....................  15
   Legal Considerations ............................  17




     Space Treaties ................... ............  18
     Arms Control Treaties .........................  20
     Other Treaties ...............................  21
Chapter Three
   SPACE WEAPONS KINDS AND CAPABILITIES .........  23
   Types of Space Weapons .... .....................  23
   Directed-Energy Weapons ........................  24
     General Characteristics  ........................  24
     Targets  ....................................  26
     Medium  ...................................    27
     Weapon ....................................    28
     Basing  .....................................  31
     Example: Laser for Missile Targets ................  31
   Mass-to-Target Weapons ........................  36
     General Characteristics ........................  36
     Kinetic-Energy Weapons Above the Atmosphere ......  37
     Kinetic-Energy Weapons Against Terrestrial Targets ...  40
     Conventional Weapons Against Terrestrial Targets ....  45
Chapter Four
   EMPLOYMENT   ................................    51
   Employment .................................     53
     Functions and Tasks ..........................  53
     Component and Sequence ..................I...  57
   Com m and ...................................    60
     What Is Commanded ........................     61
     How They Are Commanded .....................   63
     Who Commands Them ........................     65
Chapter Five
   HOW MIGHT THE UNITED STATES ACQUIRE SPACE
   W EAPONS?   .................................    67
   How Might the United States Decide? ...............  67
     Deliberate Decisions to Acquire ......... .........  68
     Incidental Decisions to Acquire  ......... .........  75
   Assuming a Decision to Acquire, How Might
       Transition Occur?  ..........................  77
     Incremental Decision  .........................   77
     Monolithic Decision  ........... ..............  79
     Scope, Sequence, and Visibility of Implementation ....  80
     Consequences  ...............................  81



Chapter Six
   HOW MIGHT OTHERS ACQUIRE SPACE WEAPONS? ....     85
   Peer Competitor  ............................. .  86
     Definition ................... ...............  87
     Decision  ...................................  88
     Transition  ..................................  89
   Friend or Ally .................................  90
     Definition  ................... ...............  91
     Capability ..................................  91
     Decision  ...................................  92
     Transition ..................................  93
   Neither Ally nor Adversary ................... .....  94
     Definition  ..................................  94
     Capability .................................   94
     Decision  ...................................  95
     Transition  ..................................  97
   Nonpeer Adversary .............................  96
   Nonstate Coalition .............................  98
   Summary ...................................      98
Chapter Seven
   CONCLUSION   ................................   101
   Advantages ....................................  101
     Access and each ..............101
     Responsiveness .............................   102
     Distance  ...................................  103
     Difficulty of Defending Against Them . ...... .....  103
   Limitations ...................................  103
     Static Defense ...............................  104
     Stable, Observable, Predictable Orbits . .... .......  104
     Logistic Expense  .............................  104
     Large Numbers ........................... ...  105
     Legal Consequences ..........................  106
   Uses and Implications ...........................  106
AppendixA
   SPACE-BASED DIRECTED-ENERGY WEAPONS .......     109
Appendix B
   KINETIC-ENERGY SPACE WEAPONS ...............    131