Weapons in Space is a booklet published in 2001 by Seven Stories Press as part of its Open Media Pamphlet Series. Written by journalist Karl Grossman, who also wrote about the potential dangers of nuclear-powered spacecraft like the Cassini. This short book looks into the broader concepts behind this, the militarization and weaponization of outer space by the United States. Grossman looks at this new area of imperialism by citing the Pentagon’s own documents.
This site at Third World Traveler gives some excerpts from this book.
After opening with an introduction by physicist and activist Michio Kaku on militarism, Weapons in Space introduces the U.S. Space Command of the U.S. military and it’s Vision for 2020 document. The publication of Vision for 2020 is the Long range plan of the U.S. Space Command. It calls for the military domination by the U.S. of outer space.
Already there is the Air Force Space Command, where the documents of U.S. Space Command are created. The headquarters is the Space Warfare Center, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Springs.
These ideas were first put out publicly in the publication of Guardians of the High Frontier in 1997. Even before that in the dangerous fantasies of Edward Teller, who wanted hydrogen bomb powered orbiting X-ray lasers. This doctrine is leading to the development of space based lasers and other weapons systems. Kirtland and other facilities in New Mexico are a big part of that.
The call is put out to the preventing of an Arms Race in Space. Already there is a Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. This is just another part of U.S. imperialism. Knowing the extent it intends to go is helpful to those of us who are fighting U.S. militarism as the destructive force it already is.