Space Power: A Unique Military Asset

By Samantha Marquart

The utilization of space has become an important military asset in recent years. Although often compared with air and sea power, space is its own unique venue for the military. The use of space assets, namely satellite communication and GPS navigation, during the Gulf War provided coalition forces with substantial advantages. This paper investigates the concept of space power and its impact on US forces. The paper looks at space separate from air and sea and discusses future implications of the use of space power in aiding military operations.

About the author:
Samantha Marquart is a first-year graduate student in the International Science and Technology Policy program at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. A recent graduate of MIT, Samantha is part of the Space Policy Institute at GW where she focuses on the impact of the commercial spaceflight industry on civil and military space exploration. Samantha is from Dallas, Pennsylvania.

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