Rules of the Road in Space: Does a Code of Conduct Improve U.S. Security?

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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If you hold that all arms control is good, you’ll be in favor of the EU’s Code of Conduct. 

If you take a more practical approach, you might find yourself in agreement with the Marshall Institute’s Jeff Kueter, who has observed that the

U.S. adoption of the European Union’s Code of Conduct appears imminent.  Unilateral adoption of the Code by the Obama Administration, likely through executive order, is not necessary to secure U.S. interests in space and potentially undermines those interests in the long run.

How so? 

Advocates of the Code believe it will spur the emergence of best practices and encourage good behavior in space.  Evidence supporting that proposition is scarce.  The Code itself is little more than a statement of general principles.  Much more work is required to develop best practices and socialize good behavior in space, even if such an outcome is achievable.  Without those details, subscribing to the Code is premature.  The United States would be agreeing to a process whose end is unknown and whose impact on its military and commercial interests can not be weighed.  The U.S. has other viable options to marshal the international community to grapple with the practical issues identified in the Code.

Check out the whole thing here.

 

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