War in Heaven
The Arms Race in Outer SpaceBook - 2007
Provides a revealing study of the U.S. government's plan to put weapons into outer space, examining military uses of space from a historical perspective, the current program that would put kinetic, laser, nuclear bombardment, and anti-satellite weaponry into space, and the role of the U.S. in obstructing an international treaty banning weapons from outer space.
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 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the United States faces a “space Pearl Harbor,” Caldicott and Eisendrath show that the United States itself is today the principal obstruction to passage of an international treaty banning weapons from outer space.
At a time when plans to build and deploy space weapons are on the administration’s agenda but only just becoming known to the general public, this book will help launch a national discussion of a critical issue.
Caldicott (co-founder, Physicians for Social Responsibility) and Eisendrath (chair of the Project for Nuclear Awareness and a co-author of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967) warn of the dangers of the militarization of space. They offer a history of space weapons, describe the types of weaponry now under consideration by the US government, analyze the dangers of the 2006 National Space Policy, and decry the continuing obstruction by the US of a treaty that would bar the militarization of space. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)