with an Introduction by Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, AVSM, VrC, VM, IAF (Retd), xx, 324p., 23 cm.
The first three chapters of the volume examine the evolution of space for military use; the study of the legal framework governing the use of outer space that has enabled the militarisation of space; and the complexities of defining the fine line that separates militarisation and weapon is at ion of space. Chapter Four and Five provide an in depth coverage on the military space capabilities of China and select Asian countries. Chapter Six highlights India’s civilian space capabilities. It argues that notwithstanding the complex regional geo-political and geo-strategic environment, India has shown restraint in its space programme for military purposes. Chapter Seven examines the exploitation of “near space” as a transformational medium that has the potential to change the war-fighting capabilities of nations. Chapter Eight illustrates the intricate relationship between missile defence and space. The concluding chapter draws out the likely scenarios in the future uses of outer space in the context of various political, technical and military challenges that may hamper India’s march towards exploration and exploitation of outer space for its national development and security.