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War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space
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"When most of us think about the potential of outer space for future generations, we think of world communications, satellite navigation, and scientific exploration. U.S. Space Command, however, thinks about weapons. Believing that conflict in space and wars fought from space are inevitable, the president has called on the agency to weaponize outer space and thus provoke an arms race that could cost the United States trillions of dollars and could lead to the demise of the human race." "In War in Heaven, a Nobel Prize-nominated peace activist and a former U.S. foreign service officer (who helped write the Outer Space Treaty of 1967) look at the history of military uses of space and the current plans for "militarizing the heavens," including kinetic, laser, nuclear bombardment, and anti-satellite weapons. Contrary to the claims of former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld that the United States faces a "space Pearl Harbor," Caldicott and Eisendrath's research reveals that the United States is today the principal obstruction to the passage of an international treaty banning weapons from outer space." "At a time when plans to build and deploy space weapons are very much on the presidential agenda - but only just becoming known to the general public - this book will help launch a much-needed national discussion about a critical issue."--BOOK JACKET.
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