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From the sea to outer space: The command of space as the foundation of spacepower theory
journal contributionposted on 2018-01-22, 16:58 authored by Bleddyn E. Bowen
Colin Gray once lamented the absence of a ‘Mahan for the final frontier’ and spacepower theory in strategic studies. This article proposes the command of space as the fundamental concept of spacepower theory, and that Mahan himself has much to offer in the endeavour of spacepower theory-making than has hitherto been realised. The theory is advanced by tempering versions of the ‘command of space’, stressing its educational intent, and explaining the nuanced sub-concepts of space control and denial through understanding some precedents set by seapower theory. In the process, aspects of Mahanian and Corbettian seapower theory are unified.
The majority of the research for this article was undertaken as part of an Economic and Social Research Council 3+1 PhD scholarship at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.
CitationJournal of Strategic Studies, 2017, pp. 1-25
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of History, Politics and International Relations
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