"[Johnson-Freese] rightly discusses at length the emerging U.S.-China space relationship. . . . One of the most convincing parts of the book is devoted to the risks of miscommunication between Washington and Beijing on their respective strategic intentions in space."—Survival: Global Politics and Strategy
"A thoroughly researched and praiseworthy book."—Astronomy Now
"[Heavenly Ambitions] provides an understanding of the almost indecipherable national security space bureaucracy and all its stakeholders, [and] is the first work to measure these triumphant images against the realities of technology and politics."—Quest
"A detailed, well-written, and accessible book."—Geopolitics
"Heavenly Ambitions should be read by everyone who makes policy, or who thinks seriously about policy. By highlighting dangers such as confusing desirability with feasibility and ignoring the increasingly global nature of space, Johnson-Freese points out key pitfalls of the current U.S. approach to space policy, and suggests a more productive way forward."—David Wright, Union of Concerned Scientists
"Joan Johnson-Freese clearly identifies the present state of America's space program, the critical issues and challenges the United States faces, the urgent need for action, and the course the United States should follow in its future endeavors in space. Heavenly Ambitions is a book that should be read and heeded by all those involved in the making of this nation's policies in space."—George Abbey, former director, NASA Johnson Space Center
About the Author
Joan Johnson-Freese is Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College and author of Space as a Strategic Asset.