Following instructions received from the U.S. Congress in the 2000 National Defense Authorization Act, the Department of Defense prepared an annual report on Chinese military power. This report contains classified and unclassif ied editions. Documenting Chinese military space power developments was one of the provisions in this law’s authorizing language. This article will examine how Chinese military space power documents have been described by the Department of Defense during this report's existence through 2015 and detail how members of Congress and Congressional committee hearing witnesses reacted to these developments in Congressional hearing transcripts and in Congressional debate through Fall 2015.
military astronautics, geopolitics, China, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Government reports, remote sensing, satellite surveillance, security studies, military policy
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Bert Chapman. "Chinese Military Space Power: U.S. Department of Defense Annual Reports." Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy. 14 (1)(2016): 71-89.
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