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Space, the Dormant Frontier: Changing the Paradigm
for the 21st Century
by Joan Johnson-Freese and Roger Handberg
Praeger Publishers, 1997
hardcover, 288 pages.
Thanks to Jeff Foust, of Space Views, for the review
American space policy
was founded with then-current sensibilities during the Cold War some forty years ago. Since then, particularly
in recent years, events have made that foundation irrelevant—and perhaps
even damaging—to America's civilian and military space efforts. The world
view upon which space policy is based, its paradigm, must be changed to
revitalize the space program, Joan Johnson-Freese and Roger Handberg argue
in Space, the Dormant Frontier.
A key problem, the authors
argue, is that while both civilian and military programs have been shaped
by the Cold War-based paradigm, there has been little interaction between
the two. They suggest that more interaction and cooperation between the
two would enhance their relative strengths. Any new paradigm, they also note,
must also take into account the commercialization of space, and allow the
continued growth of private space operations.
The authors provide a compelling
argument on how broken current space policy is, although few would disagree
with that in any event. They don't focus as much on the government's role
as an enabler of commercial space (thtough such items as launch regulations,
a current industry concern), but do take a close look at the interaction
between the civilian and military sides of governmental space. Although an
academic treatise, the book is quite readable. Overall, Space, the Dormant
Frontier provides a compelling look at what's wrong with current space
policy and how it can be fixed.
International Space Policy: Legal, Economic, and Strategic
Options for the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Edited by Daniel S. Papp and John R. McIntyre
Quorum Books, 1987, 341 pages
LC 87-2519. ISBN 0-89930-215-7. PPS/ $85.00
Available (Info. Updated 8/27/98)
Thanks to Greenwood Publishing Company for the review
This book brings together experts and analysts in international space
policy from academia, government, and the corporate world, and
from the technical and legal spheres. It was felt that this broad
cross-section of expertise would result in the multidimensional and
multidisciplinary treatment this complex issue requires. This volume
provides a valuable mix of perspectives by experts
examining the important issues of this new era of space exploration.
Copyright © 2007 Artemis Society International, for the
contributors. All rights reserved.
- Part I: The Generic Issues of International Space Policy
- Part II: The U.S. Domestic Policy Context
- Part III: The Diplomatic and Legal Dimensions of International Space Policy
- Part IV: The Economic and Commercial Dimensions of International Space
- Part V: The Military Dimensions of International Space Policy
- About the Contributors
- About the Editors
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