Selling Earth observation satellites on their abili- ties to predict and limit adverse environmental change, politicians, business leaders, the media, and technology enthusiasts have spent sixty years arguing that space exploration can create a more peaceful, prosperous world. Capitalist states have also socialized the risk and privatized the profits of the commercial space industry by convincing taxpayers to fund surveillance technologies as necessary components of sovereignty, freedom, and democracy. Jocelyn Wills’s Tug of War reminds us that colonizing the cosmos has not only accelerated the arms race but also encouraged government con- tractors to compete for the military and commer- cial spoils of surveillance. Although Canadians prefer to celebrate their role as purveyors of peace- ful space applications, Canada has played a pivotal part in the expansion of neoliberal policies and sur- veillance networks that now encircle the globe, pri- marily as a political ally of the United States and component supplier for its military-industrial complex. Tracing the forty-five-year history of Canada’s largest space company – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (mda) – through the lens of surveillance studies and a trove of oral history transcripts, government documents, trade jour- nals, and other sources, Wills places capitalism’s imperial ambitions squarely at the centre of Canada-US relations and the privatization of the Canadian political economy. Tug of War confronts the mythic lure of techno- logical progress and the ways in which those who profess little interest in war rationalize their leap into military contracting by avoiding the moral and political implications of their work. Jocelyn Wills is professor of history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. 1 0 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 7 B U S I N E S S H I S T O R Y • S U R V E I L L A N C E S T U D I E S Tug of War Surveillance Capitalism, Military Contracting, and the Rise of the Security State jocelyn wills Lifting the veil on a corporate world girded by powerful forces at the nexus of state, capital, and geopolitical power games. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S Carleton Library Series September 2017 978-0-7735-5047-6 $39.95T CDN, $39.95T US, £34.00 cloth 6 x 9 536pp eBook available