Naval War College Review


John J. Klein,


Since the 1950s, there have been discussions concerning the need to develop a space power theory.1 In their attempts to formulate such a theory, strategists have noted the similarities of space operations to those of air and naval opera- tions. Consequently, many have attempted to derive a clearly articulated, all- encompassing space theory through analogy and comparison to either airpower or sea-control models. These efforts, however, as observers like the contempo- rary historian and strategist Colin Gray have noted, have not produced a theory addressing space operations and associated national interests.