An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-terrestrial Invasion

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Universal Publishers, Feb 1, 2006 - History - 216 pages
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This book offers a serious look at defending the planet in the event of an extra-terrestrial invasion. Travis Taylor, et al, have written the definitive book on the defense of earth against a potential alien incursion. Whatever your beliefs on the subject, the book serves as an important primer on the potential future of warfare on every level. It is tightly grounded in current day realities of war and extrapolates thoughtfully but closely about future potentials. It should be on the reading list of anyone who is serious about national security and the future of war. The authors carefully make their case from every angle beginning with the statistical probability of an alien invasion. Chapter two discusses possible weapons, tactics and strategies for defense. This is followed with a look at what might motivate such an attack. And finally, who should know about preparations for defense, what a first and subsequent responses should be, and how we should be preparing and funding our defense. All four authors bring an incredible amount of serious space science to these questions. Dr. Taylor has a variety of experiences working for the Department of Defense and NASA. Dr. Boan has been an active member of the space community for over a quarter of a century. Dr. Powell is a professor with specialties including space trajectories, attitude dynamics, and numerical analysis. Mr.

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User Review  - WaltNoise - LibraryThing

This book fails both as science fiction and as military strategy. It reminds me of the worst academic military strategy books, full of charts and manufactured statistics, unleavened by practical military experience. The few valuable insights could have fit on one page. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Dr. Travis S. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past twenty years. His expertise includes advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space based beamed energy systems, future combat technologies, and next generation space launch concepts. Taylor is also the author of pulse-pounding, cutting edge science fiction novels such as the highly-popular "One Day on Mars, Tau Ceti Agenda" and his ground-breaking "Warp Speed" series and a regular on the History Channel's "Life After People "and "The Universe "series.

Les Johnson is a NASA physicist and author. By day, he serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In the early 2000s, he was NASA's Manager for Interstellar Propulsion Research and later managed the In-Space Propulsion Technology Project. He was technical consultant for the movie "Lost in Space" and has appeared on the Discovery Channel series, "Physics of the Impossible" in the "How to Build a Starship" episode." "He has also appeared in three episodes of the Science Channel series "Exodus" "Earth". In his spare time he writes popular science books and articles, including "Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel", "Living Off the Land in Space: Green Roads to the Cosmos" and "Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth".

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