Laser Weapons in Space; American Military Space Policy

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Laser Weapons in Space

Edited by Keith B. Payne
Westview Press, 1983
227 pp. $20.00
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American Military Space Policy

By Colin S. Gray
Abt Books, 1983
128 pp. $28.00
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President Reagan's call for space-based ballistic missile defense, and the development of anti-satellite weapons, is forcing renewed and urgent attention to the military dimension of space. These two books, by authors who work together, complement each other and in toto examine many of the issues which the military use of space raises. In general, they support the Administration's plans for space, but not uncritically, pointing out that military systems in space are vulnerable and that space cannot be considered a safe sanctuary.