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The Right Way to Achieve Security in Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, while aboard the International Space Station, captures a photo of a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico on June 15, 2015. NASA Handout/Reuters

The United States needs to champion international cooperation and work toward collective rather than unilateral security in outer space. 

September 17, 2018

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, while aboard the International Space Station, captures a photo of a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico on June 15, 2015. NASA Handout/Reuters
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In an article recently published in Foreign Affairs, Kyle L. Evanoff and I argue that the United States needs to champion international cooperation and work toward collective rather than unilateral security in outer space. 

Last month, the Pentagon outlined plans for Space Force, U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed sixth branch of the U.S. armed services, charged with protecting American interests in outer space. Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the National Space Council, heralded the report, describing space as a critical war-fighting domain. The United States increasingly relies on space capabilities that face emerging threats, Pence noted, and he repeated what Trump had declared in June: “It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space; we must have American dominance in space.”

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For months, pundits have debated whether maintaining such dominance requires a Space Force. What these discussions often miss, however, is that space security depends at least as much on international cooperation as it does on national dominance.

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