UNCLASSIFIED ARCHIVES & OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS
United Nations Treaties and Principles on outer space [PDF]
The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars States Parties to the Treaty from placing nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in orbit of Earth, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or to otherwise station them in outer space. It exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications (Art.IV). However, the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit. The treaty also states that the exploration of outer space shall be done to benefit all countries and shall be free for exploration and use by all States.
Origins of the USAF Space Program, 1945-1956 [PDF]
AN unclassified Pentagon document about the origins of the US Air Force space program.
Wernher von Braun FBI report [PDF]
Several unclassified FBI investigations reports on Wernher von Braun and his involvement in the Nazi party, as well as his itinerary from Germany to the United Status.
”Space Security Index 2009 [PDF]
The Space Security Index has proven to be an invaluable resource for our discussions of space security and the long term sustainability of outer space in numerous forums. It is a unique source of information about civil, military, and commercial space activities.
Strategic Master Plan FY06 and Beyond [PDF]
In this planning document, the Air Force Space Command boldly states, "While our ultimate goals are truly to 'exploit' space through space force enhancement and space force application missions, as with other mediums, we cannot fully 'exploit' that medium until we first 'control' it." The report goes on, "The ability to gain space superiority (the ability to exploit space while selectively disallowing it to adversaries) is critically important and maintaining space superiority is an essential prerequisite for success in modern warfare.
Vision for 2020 [PDF]
Vision for 2020, a document published by the U.S. Space Command, is the plan for United States' domination of the Earth from space. The first page calls for, "dominating the space dimension of military operations to protect US interests and investment." When you read the document, you will find such phrases as, "full spectrum dominance;" "control of space is the ability to assure access to space…and an ability to deny others the use of space, if required."