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 a world commons, the place trade is authorized to flourish and nobody state dominates? At this second, countries are loose to ship missions to Mars or release area stations. area satellites are important to some of the actions that experience turn 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 bunch of different international locations have additionally made house a serious 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 by way of the Soviet Union, the U.S. army has made up our minds that the U.S. will be the dominant strength in house on the way to shield civilian and security resources. In Heavenly Ambitions, Joan Johnson-Freese attracts from a myriad of assets to argue that the us is at the fallacious course: first, via politicizing the query of area threats and, moment, by means of carrying on with to think that army domination in area is the single method to safeguard U.S. pursuits in space.
Johnson-Freese, who has written and lectured widely on house coverage, lays out her imaginative and prescient of the way forward for house as a frontier the place international locations cooperate and armed forces job is circumscribed through palms keep watch over treaties that may enable not anyone state 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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