Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III

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Macmillan, Oct 13, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 352 pages
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In Space Wars, Scott, Coumatos, and Birnes created a fascinating war gaming scenario of how World War III might unfold in above the Earth's surface. Now this thrilling team of writers reunites with Counterspace, an even more chilling fictionalized look at America's most catastrophic fears.

What if North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon in space and silenced dozens of satellites?

What if an Iranian missile threatened to destroy Israel, while a Venezuelan "research" satellite endangered one of the US's most promising space initiatives?

What if tech-savvy terrorist cells unleashed back-to-back horrors in California, creating an avalanche of crises overnight, as national leaders robbed of spy satellite imagery were forced to make decisions in the "blind"?

These are the scenarios of Counterspace, a frighteningly plausible look at threats to the United States and the world. Scott, Coumatos, and Birnes use war gaming scenarios to show how the US Strategic Command might choose to fight off these menaces and prevent global disaster. Combining current and future technology with our enemies' grandest plans, Counterspace is equally a terrifying possibility and a hopeful affirmation that America can and will be ready to face such dangers, told with the pulse-pounding power of a modern day thriller.



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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
7
CHAPTER 1 MAYHEM IN THE HEAVENS
11
CHAPTER 2 CONFUSION
27
CHAPTER 3 CHINA WORRIES
51
CHAPTER 4 WHEAT AND CHAFF
63
CHAPTER 5 SLEEPER CELL
70
CHAPTER 6 SHOOTOUT
93
CHAPTER 7 PUPPETS AND MASTERS
113
CHAPTER 11 COVERT STRIKE
212
CHAPTER 12 THE GAMBIT
227
CHAPTER 13 THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC
235
CHAPTER 14 RACING THE CLOCK
244
CHAPTER 15 GATHERING STORM
248
CHAPTER 16 TREASON
265
CHAPTER 17 TRUST BUT VERIFY
285
CHAPTER 18 NIGHT SPREAD OUT BENEATH THE SKY
305

CHAPTER 8 CONFLUENCE
135
CHAPTER 9 THE UNTHINKABLE
159
CHAPTER 10 SPACE COMBAT
184
CHAPTER 19 THE PRECIPICE
319
CHAPTER 20 MISSILE DEFENSE
337
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WILLIAM B. SCOTT, a former bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School flight test engineer graduate, served as a space communications security engineer at the National Security Agency. He coauthored Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III and Inside the Stealth Bomber: The B-2 Story.

MICHAEL J. COUMATOS, a former U.S. Navy test pilot, search-and-rescue helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, ship's captain, and Commodore of U.S. and coalition naval task groups, served as Director of Wargaming for U.S. Space Command. He also coauthored Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III.

WILLIAM J. BIRNES is the New York Times bestselling author of The Day After Roswell and Worker in the Light, and a coauthor of Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III.

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