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Star Wars : US Tools of Space Supremacy

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The expansion of space militarization forms a common thread with the explicit unilateral empire-building of the Bush administration. But just as Star Wars did not begin with the Missile Defense Agency, preventive war theory did not originate with Donald Rumsfeld.

Advocates of military space always were on the front line of those demanding global dominance. Loring Wirbel argues that the seeds for the current space supremacy doctrine were sown at the end of the Cold War, in the early days of the Clinton administration. Examining the evolution of space-based tools, Wirbel shows that missile defense strategy is part of a dangerous US move to wage endless preventive war and demand global supremacy over allies and adversaries alike.

Star Wars: US Tools of Space Supremacy provides a fresh look at the role of space as an enabler of the Bush administration's plans for endless preventive war. It debunks the benign notions of missile defence, and expands the definition of space supremacy to include the unilateral misuse of space-based intelligence, communications, and targeting technologies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 138.2 x 212.9 x 11.4mm | 235.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745321143
  • 9780745321141

Table of contents



1. The Birth of Intelligence Policy and Space Use

2. Civilian & Military Space Policies, Post-Sputnik

3. Star Wars, Part 1: Safeguard, ABM, And Intelligence Struggles in Space

4. Star Wars, Part 2: The Reagan Arms Buildup

5. Intelligence Goes Real-Time

6. Military Space Policy, Post-Challenger

7. BMDO, 3+3, & The New Missile Threat

8. `In Your Face from Outer Space'

9. Permanent War

10. Reclaiming Multilateralism and Peace in Space


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'Provides a rare level of understanding of one of the most compelling geopolitical issues of our time' -- 'A deeply disturbing discussion of 'Star Wars Mark II' issues' -- World Disarm
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About Loring Wirbel

Loring Wirbel has been involved in military conversion & peace work for 25 years. He is currently editorial director for communications initiatives at CMP Media LLC, headquartered in New York & London. Wirbel worked with Mobilization for Survival in the American southwest on campaigns to end the mobile basing strategy for the MX missile, & to phase out Rocky Flats as a plutonium factory. His cover story on the National Security Agency for The Progressive magazine took a top Project Censored award in the early 1980s. A series on Reagan's Star Wars programs won a Scripps-Howard award.
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