Date of Award

Summer 8-1983

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Phillip A. Taylor

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45J53


The development of an operational anti-satellite capability by the Soviet Union, and the corresponding U.S. effort to develop an anti-satellite capability of its own, are gradually propelling both nations into a space arms race. The militarization of outer space moves forward as both superpowers launch an increasing number of satellites on military missions. This emerging space race has important foreign policy implications for the United States. Will the two superpowers move in the direction of increased competition and possible confrontation in outer space, or will they agree to the need for some kind of achievable space arms control agreement? The main conclusion of this paper is that the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. must strive to achieve a space arms control agreement if the earth is to be spared an "Armageddon in outer space" which could escalate to global war between the superpowers.


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