Space Weapons Earth Wars (Google eBook)

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Rand Corporation, Feb 13, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 228 pages
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This overview aims to inform the public discussion of space-based weapons by examining their characteristics, potential attributes, limitations, legality, and utility. The authors do not argue for or against space weapons, nor do they estimate the potential costs and performance of specific programs, but instead sort through the realities and myths surrounding space weapons in order to ensure that debates and discussions are based on fact.
  

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Contents

Chapter One INTRODUCTION
1
Chapter Two BACKGROUND
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Chapter Three KINDS AND CAPABILITIES OF SPACE WEAPONS
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Chapter Four EMPLOYMENT
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Chapter Five HOW MIGHT THE UNITED STATES ACQUIRE SPACE WEAPONS?
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Chapter Six HOW MIGHT OTHERS ACQUIRE SPACE WEAPONS?
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Chapter Seven CONCLUSION
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Appendix A SPACEBASED DIRECTEDENERGY WEAPONS
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Appendix B KINETICENERGY SPACE WEAPONS
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Appendix C NATURAL METEOROIDS AS WEAPONS
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Appendix D BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE COUNTERMEASURES
185
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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