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The New High Ground: Systems and Weapons of Space Age War
The New High Ground: Systems and Weapons of Space Age War
By Thomas Karas
Simon and Schuster, 1983, 224 pp.

This important and timely book takes us into the world of the enthusiasts in the "space establishment" of the U.S. Air Force and acquaints the reader with the innovative industry that is providing-and promoting-the technology. The current scale and future potential of the enterprise, from space communication to weapons in orbit, is striking. The author is not afraid to voice his doubts, however. He does not believe that the earth can be made safe from war by moving combat into space; he warns against shifting the military competition with the U.S.S.R. into space (the Soviets will not accept inferiority there, either), and he argues that the U.S. will pay a price for the increased militarization of its national space programs (technology transfer for civilian uses is lower than some allege).