Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Crowded OrbitsConflict and Cooperation in Space$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

James Clay Moltz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159128

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159128.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 30 June 2022

Military Space

Military Space

Expanded Uses and New Risks

(p.121) 5 Military Space
Crowded Orbits

James Clay Moltz

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores military-related challenges and opportunities in space. To date, most military space activities consist of support functions—that is, technologies that allow military forces on the ground, at sea, and in the air to operate more effectively. These include weather forecasting, communications, precision timing and navigation, reconnaissance, and early warning. Space assets make military systems work better and thereby enhance the tools that can be used in other environments, including improving weapons accuracy to reduce casualties and collateral damage. Currently, a number of nations are trying to develop space weapons capabilities, ranging from electronic jammers that interrupt signals to kinetic weapons that destroy enemy spacecraft. China's anti-satellite (ASAT) test in 2007 is a clear example of this. The main goals of such developments are to deny an enemy's “eyes and ears” in space, which could be extremely useful in conflict.

Keywords:   military space activities, support functions, military forces, weather forecasting, communications, precision timing and navigation, reconnaissance, early warning, anti-satellite, China

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .