Twilight War
Twilight War

Twilight War

The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance


416 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: PDF, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket

Hardcover, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

Publication Date: March 2008

ISBN 9781598130188


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Considering the historical background of space militarization and providing an overview of the United States' efforts to militarily dominate space since the dawn of the space age, this book argues that America must either ensure that space-related weapons are verifiably banned for all nations through an international treaty or definitively choose a policy of unilateral space dominance that may lead to an arms race in space and possibly to another cold war. Through a careful discussion of the history of space programs, their impact on past policies and events, the tactical and strategic influence of space weapons on the engagement of war, and the potential pitfalls of a dominance strategy, this book concludes that unilateral military dominance of space by the United States would be a supreme mistake and that it would make Americans less secure.


First place winner, Ben Franklin Awards, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, in the category of Politics/Current Events

"Moore warns of the dire consequences of the U.S. drive toward the military dominance of space. Twilight War is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to get smart on a possible new cold war in space. Wide-ranging research and an elegant writing style make for an easy tutorial. This is a marvelous book." — Joseph Cirincione, vice president for national security, Center for American Progress

"Twilight War is an exceptional work. It describes in clear and readable fashion a position that is intellectually honest and refreshing. The research is solid and the inferences made from it are fully supportable. [It] will quickly become a must-read in the field; credible future works of space policy will have to reckon with it. It is a great book." —Everett C. Dolman, professor of comparative military studies, Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

"Twilight War is a tour de force: a book that easily and informatively intertwines the historical, technological, military, political and, perhaps most importantly, philosophical aspects of Americas unique, and fundamentally conflicted, relationship to its own ambitions in outer space. Given the importance of space to the future of mankind, [it] is a must read for concerned citizens not just in the United States but also around the world." —Theresa Hitchens, director, Center for Defense Information

"The superb book, Twilight War, is a well-balanced, comprehensive and clearly written analysis that examines the critical issue of space policy in the context of international security and fundamental American values. Concerned citizens as well as responsible governmental officials will gain insight." —Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr., senior military fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

"The attempt by the United States to make itself the worlds space cop, Mike Moore argues in Twilight War, is likely to invite imitation and bring anarchy to space. We are at a fork in the road. Mike Moores gripping and masterful account of war and law in space should be required reading at this fateful juncture." — John Polanyi, Nobel laureate in chemistry, University of Toronto

Author Biography

Mike Moore, who retired as editor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2000, is a research fellow with The Independent Institute of Oakland, California. He is the author of many articles on national security, conflict resolution, nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation, and military space issues. Previously, he had been the editor of Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an editor and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News, and the Kansas City Star. In 2002-3, he was a member of three national task force/study groups that examined military space policy and national-security issues.

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