Title Deep Space Warfare
Subtitle Military Strategy Beyond Orbit
Author John C. Wright
ISBN 9781476679266
List price USD 45.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 208
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher McFarland (Eurospan Group)
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Wright’s audacious look-ahead at extraterrestrial military policy and planning will fascinate space passionate readers.”


“Applying a military strategist’s approach to a fascinating problem set, John Wright has written an absorbing and intriguing treatise on fighting in space. Readers might not agree with his conclusions, but the analysis is engaging and fun.”

Brad Glosserman, deputy director of the Center for Rule-Making Strategies at Tama University, author of Peak Japan: The End of Great Ambitions


Since the Cold War, outer space has become of strategic importance for nations looking to seize the ultimate high ground. World powers establishing a presence there must consider, among other things, how they will conduct warfare in orbit. Leaders must dispense with “Buck Rogers” notions about operations in space and realize that policies there will have serious ramifications for geopolitics.
How should nations view space? How should they fight there? What would space warfare look like and how should strategists approach it? Offering critical observations regarding this unique theater of international relations, a military professional explores the strategic implications as human affairs move beyond Earth’s atmosphere.




Introduction: War Plan Orange

Chapter 1. Interstellar Basics • Conflict • Determining Military Objectives in Deep Space Warfare • The Tyranny of Distance • The Stellar System: The Territorial Unit of Interstellar Warfare • The All-or-Nothing Character of Space Warfare • Assumptions

Chapter 2. Logistical Requirements and Realities • Supplying Space Forces • Forces: To Automate or Not to Automate? • The Attrition of Distance • Supplying a Planetary Invasion Army • Logistical Impacts on Fighting in Hostile Environments • Automated Assault Forces

Chapter 3. Ideological Factors • The Will to Fight • Facing a Non-Human Opponent and Its Repercussions • The Power and Primacy of Fear • The Hazards of Disunity • Planetary Unification: An Impossible Dream?

Chapter 4. Space Dominance • The Trouble with Space: The “Never Ready” Blues • The Military Need for Settlements • Planetary Systems as the Key to a Strategic Stronghold • Deliberate Targeting A Challenge to Prioritization • The Simple Sphere: Chasing the Ideal Space Superiority Fighter • Tactical and Operational Considerations of System Assault

Chapter 5. Planetary Invasion • Forces Required • Endgame Objectives • Stage I: Blockade • Stage II: Planetary Siege and Orbital Bombardment • Stage III: Biological and Chemical Warfare • Stage IV: Orbital Insertion and Spacedrop • Planetary Defense and Dealing with Local Resistance

Chapter 6. Economics of Interstellar and Interplanetary Warfare • The Planet as a Closed Energy System • Deep Space Economic Activity • Strategic Resources in Space • Mahan’s Ghost: Economic Warfare in Deep Space

Chapter 7. Dealing with Non-Human Cultures • The Problems of Communication • Superior Civilizations • Inferior Civilizations • Inter-Species Intelligence Gathering Limitations

Chapter 8. Likely Causes of Warfare • Resource Competition • Territorial Disagreements • Fear • Honor • Self-Interest

Chapter 9. Challenges to Diplomacy • Biological Impediments to Interspecies Communication • Why Stop Fighting? Finding the Proper Incentive • Treaty Limitations • The Ease of “Cold War” in Deep Space


Appendix: Useful Formulae


Chapter Notes



About the Author:

Major John C. Wright is a US Air Force officer and pilot. He has published multiple articles on Pacific region political-military affairs in a variety of journals and online publications. He specializes in Japanese language, culture, and US-Japan military-diplomatic affairs. He lives in Yigo, Guam.

Target Audience:

This book is for audiences in military, academic, and policy spheres, as well as citizens interested in realistically examining space warfare away from the diversionary pleasure of science fiction.

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