Space: A New Theatre of War?

Xavier Pasco

in The Oxford Handbook of War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199562930
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Space: A New Theatre of War?


Throughout the recent history of space activities, the link between space technologies and military activities has been characterized by a profound continuity. This relationship has been structured in successive layers based on historically-marked interest by the military user communities. This evolving and constantly updated relationship has especially developed in the United States, which has become by far the most important military power in space. In this country more than in any other, a particular understanding of the role of space in the national military plans has been demonstrated, allowing military space to keep a high-profile status in terms of political and budgetary support throughout the years. In this respect, analysing the use of space assets for military purposes has become over decades a mainly US-centred exercise.

Keywords: space activities; space technologies; military activities; military user communities; military power; space power

Article.  6438 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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