Analysis: Toward American 'Space Dominance'
Council on Foreign Relations
December 5, 2006
Prepared by: Michael Moran
Space policy traditionally applied primarily to the science and economics of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s efforts to send satellites aloft or to mount ambitious exploration programs. Even today, the public associates “space policy” more with things like NASA’s December 4 decision to work toward establishment of a Lunar Base Camp (National Geographic) by 2020 than with military affairs. Yet for years now, national security issues have driven space policy, and claim a larger share of funding for space programs than purely scientific pursuits. Beginning with Ronald Reagan’s 1983 proposal for space-based missile defense, the military’s share of U.S. space spending has quadrupled.
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