By Mark Jacobsen, SAASS
/ Published April 12, 2021
SAASS Class XXX just wrapped up SAASS 665: Space Power. Dr. Wendy Whitman Cobb served as Course Director, while Dr. Derrick Frazier and Dr. Paige Cone rounded out the teaching team.
SAASS 665 examines "the history of the space domain and the use of space in the context of the national interest, national security, and the conduct of warfare."
This year's readings included:
Linda Dawson, War in Space: The Science and Technology Behind Our Next Theater of Conflict, Cham, Switzerland: Springer (2018).
James Clay Moltz, The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests 3rd edition, Stanford: Stanford UP (2019).
Everett C. Dolman, Astropolitik: Classical Geopolitics in the Space Age, New York: Frank Cass Publishers (2002).
John J. Klein, Space Warfare: Strategy, Principles and Policy, New York: Routledge (2006).
Laura Grego, “A History of Anti-Satellite Programs” (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2012)
Megan Ansdell, “Active Space Debris Removal: Needs, Implications, and Recommendations for Today’s Geopolitical Environment,” Journal of Public and International Affairs, vol. 21, spring (2010): 7-22.
Karl D. Hebert, “Regulation of Space Weapons: Ensuring Stability and Continued Use of Outer Space, Astropolitics, vol. 12, no. 1 (2014): 1-26.
Michael P. Gleason and Peter L. Hays, “A Roadmap for Assessing Space Weapons” (Center for Space Policy and Strategy, 2020)
Joan Johnson-Freese, Space Warfare in the 21st Century: Arming the Heavens, New York: Routledge (2017).
US National Space Policy (December 2020)
Space Force Capstone Doctrine
Robert Farley, “Space Force: Ahead of Its Time, or Dreadfully Premature?” CATO Institute Policy Analysis, 1 December 2020.
Wendy Whitman Cobb, “‘It’s a Trap!’ The Pros and Mostly Khans of Science Fiction’s Influence on the United States Space Force,” Space Force Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021)
Stacey Solomone, China’s Strategy in Space, New York: Springer (2013).
Zulfqar Khan and Ahmed Khan, “Space Security Trilemma in South Asia,” Astropolitics, vol. 17, no. 1 (2019): 4-22.
Mian Zahid Hussain and Raja Qaiser Ahmed, “Space Programs of India and Pakistan: Military and Strategic Installations in Outer Space and Precarious Regional Strategic Stability,” Space Policy, vol. 47 (2019): 63-75.
Saadia M. Pekkanen, “Thank You for Your Service: The Security Implications of Japan’s Counterspace Capabilities,” Texas National Security Review (October 2020).
Christian Davenport, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, New York: Public Affairs, 2019.
The complete syllabus is available here.