There’s this thing that keeps turning up over and over. Like a bad penny, you ask? No, more along the lines of a bad tumor. It’s called the space code of conduct.
As you might expect, those who think arms control creates peace favor the space code of conduct.
However, the reality-based community generally views the space code of conduct as another useless agreement analogous to 1928’s Kellogg-Briand Pact (AKA the General Treaty for the Renunciation of War or the World Peace Act) which outlawed war. The space code of conduct may even be worse than useless as it is certain to constrain U.S. freedom of action in space while driving no such reciprocation from nations like… China.
From AOL Defense who has been hanging out at the STRATCOM conference:
Supporters of the [space] code of conduct approach argue that even if China or other major space powers don’t sign on, it will lead them to behave better.
Yes, they may argue (better, assert) such a position, but do their arguments have any validity, explanatory power, or predictive power, perhaps as the Kellogg-Briand pact ended war?
Or maybe the iron logic of the space code of conduct is somehow self-evident (when viewed through Rose colored glasses).