Vol. 28, No. 1 (Spring
The United States Post Cold War Military
This article examines the United States' military space policy
since the end of the cold war. It analyses President Clinton's
two terms of office and the start of President Bush's administration
with respect to missile defence policy and military space policy.
The Clinton administration's period in office saw political
manoeuvring between Congress and the president over national
missile defence plans. A number of congressionally initiated
acts instigated a programme towards the building of a national
missile defence system, including an exoatmospheric interceptor.
It examines the significance and rationale for the United States
withdrawal from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty. The Commission
to Assess the U.S. National Security Space Management and Organisation
reported during the first months of President Bush's administration.
The impact this had on military space policy and the organisational
changes it had on the space infrastructure are analysed. The
space-based weapons that are being considered are outlined,
and the impact and contribution military space assets have made
to recent conflicts such as the campaign in Yugoslavia and events
in Afghanistan are discussed.