Program Details

Preparing for Tomorrow's Wars: The U.S. Space Force

Andrew Kahn
Current Events / Other
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The Trump Administration created a new military branch called the U.S. Space Force, tasked with developing space-based vehicles that are capable of gliding to earth from very high altitudes while traveling at speeds exceeding 3000 mph, or five times the speed of sound. These new space-based weapons greatly reduce the time it takes to deliver a nuclear-tipped bomb from about thirty minutes to less than five minutes. China's new space-based glide vehicle is called "Sky-Star 2." Russia has been experimenting with a high-speed air-launched weapon called "Kinzahl." The next global war, should it come, will undoubtedly be fought using weapons attacking from space. Kahn will evaluate the possibility/probability of such a conflict.

About the Instructor

  • Andrew Kahn is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has done graduate work in Political Science at the University of Maryland and the New School University in New York. Kahn has taught at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and Western Connecticut University in Danbury. He helped found AEGIS, the Association for Education in Global/International Studies, at Stanford University. He is a world traveler.