In This Review

War in Space
War in Space
By James Canan
Harper, 1982, 186 pp

The title is somewhat misleading, for this lively book deals as much with the MX, Stealth, Trident and precision-guided munitions as with the space shuttle and laser. Yet this is a book one can learn much from, the author having followed the Defense Department's research and engineering program closely through several Administrations as Business Week's Pentagon correspondent. Canan is convinced that the Pentagon seeks to develop space-laser battle stations capable of shooting down Soviet ASAT (antisatellite) weapons, and perhaps even ballistic missiles, by the middle of the next decade.