Books from the Space Policy Institute
NASA's Secret Relationships with U.S. Defense and Intelligence Agencies
Edited by James E. David
April 10, 2015
The National Security Archives at the George Washington University recently published a book highlighting many ways in which NASA has cooperated with national security space programs at defense agencies in the United States. Historically, there have been many challenges along the way. The text provides an overview of many cooperative efforts that have come across the economic, social and technical provocations.
Further information can be found online.
After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took 'one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' The success of the Apollo 11 mission satisfied the goal that had been set by President John F. Kennedy just over eight years earlier. It also raised the question 'What do you do next, after landing on the Moon?' It fell to President Richard M. Nixon to answer this question. After Apollo? RichardNixon and the American Space Program traces in detail how Nixon and his associates went about developing their response.
Handbook of Space Security
Contributor: Dr. Scott Pace
In providing a global and coherent analytical approach to space security today, the Handbook focuses on four areas that together define the entire space security area: policies, technologies, applications, and programs. This structure will assure the overall view of the subject from its political to its technical aspects. Internationally recognized experts in each of the above fields contribute, with their analytical synthesis assured by the section editors. Dr. Scott Pace contributed a chapter on U.S.-Japan space security.
A Guide to Space Law Terms
Editor: Henry R. Hertzfeld
The Elliott School of International Affairs' Space Policy Institute (SPI), in conjunction with the Secure World Foundation (SWF), published the first guide to space law terms in December 2012. Edited by Henry R. Hertzfeld, research professor of space policy and international affairs, the guide is an important initial step to clarifying more than 80 space law words, terms, and phrases.
John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
By John M. Logsdon
John Logsdon's newest book John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon was
published by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2010. The book is the
definitive study both of the reasons why on May 25, 1961, President
Kennedy announced his decision to send Americans to the Moon "before this decade is out," and of the steps he took in his remaining months in office to implement that decision. The book also details Kennedy's preference to cooperate rather than compete in space and his September 1963 invitation to the Soviet Union to join
the United States in a cooperative lunar landing effort.
The Decision to go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest
By John M. Logsdon
Full Electronic Copy Available Here
Summary from MIT Press:
The decision announced by John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961, initiating the expedition to the moon, is now documented in full for future students of history. To John Logsdon, whose approach is that of a political scientist examining the influence of men and events on the decision-making process, the decision to land a man on the moon "before this decade is out" was wholly political rather than military, although overtones of implied defense were useful in obtaining congressional support. Moreover, he notes it was made without the support of the scientific community, although their previous research efforts were expected partially to offset this deterrent.
Although the success of the Russian manned orbit and the fiasco of the Bay of Pigs invasion certainly influenced the timing, in the author's interpretation the Kennedy decision manages to escape the narrow definition of a public relations exhibition. In Kennedy's view, he emphasizes, the security of the country itself was inseparably linked to a position of prestige in world opinion. Nor was he a particular enthusiast of space exploration for its own rewards. As he remarked to one of his advisors, "If you had a scientific spectacular on this earth that would be more useful-say desalting the ocean-or something just as dramatic and convincing as space, then we would do that."
The thoroughness of this book as a historical record is evident throughout. NASA historical records and government documents not previously released, including several Presidential papers, are used in the analysis, and the author weaves these records together with subtleties of opinion from interviews with NASA officials and such Kennedy advisors as Theodore Sorenson, McGeorge Bundy, David Bell, and Jerome Wiesner.
Editors: John C. Baker, Kevin M. O'Connell, Ray A. Williamson
Summary from ASPRS:
The successful launch of Space Imaging's high-resolution IKONOS commercial observation satellite in September 1999 signaled the beginning of a new era in Earth observation. In the post-Cold War era, international and public access to satellite imagery and related geospatial information products is rapidly expanding. A new generation of high-resolution commercial and civilian imaging satellites is at the leading edge of growing global transparency. These satellite systems promise to offer almost any government, business, and nongovernmental organization the capability to acquire timely overhead images of locations that are geographically remote, politically inaccessible, or simply difficult to comprehend without an overhead perspective. Thus, they can support a wide range of beneficial civil, commercial, and military applications. However, important questions also exist about the commercial viability of these new imaging satellites and whether the dual-use imagery data they produced should be a matter of security concern.
This new book, jointly published by RAND and ASPRS, brings together an international group of experts to analyze the diverse issues presented by the new, higher resolution commercial and civilian observation satellites. With more than two dozen chapters and numerous satellite images, the book authors examine emerging policy issues, provide a survey of the U.S. and many non-U.S. satellite remote sensing programs, and offer case studies on international security applications of satellite imagery.