Star Wars

Star Wars

US Tools of Space Supremacy

Book - 2004
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The most ambitious book ever attempted on the conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians ... a great and important book.' Edward Said

McMillan Palgrave
Shows how space technology is being used by the US military to create and control endless preventative war.

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 beyond that of weapons in space, to include the unilateral misuse of space-based intelligence, communications, and targeting technologies.

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The author, differing from many other critics of space militarization, argues that space is already militarized with unilateral dominance of U.S. space-based intelligence, communications, navigation, and targeting being used, for example, to assassinate suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen using an unmanned Predator drone. The author describes how this situation has evolved from the birth of intelligence policy over space use during the Cold War, through Ronald Reagan's missile defense plans and on to current Pentagon plans for "full spectrum dominance." The linking of space dominance with the Bush doctrine of "preemption," argues the author, should be considered one of the greatest threats to the peace of the world. Distributed by Stylus. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2004
Description: xxv, 174 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780745321158
Branch Call Number: 355.80973 Wir


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