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dc.contributor.advisorMoltz, James C.
dc.contributor.authorBreen, Nicole M.
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T22:34:38Z
dc.date.available2018-08-24T22:34:38Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/59607
dc.descriptionApproved for public release. distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe rapid increase of space activity in the 21st century has raised questions about the adequacy of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty (OST) to govern orbital activities and prevent future international conflicts. This thesis analyzes the OST’s ability to address critical emerging problems across three issue areas: orbital space debris, the weaponization of space, and asteroid and Moon mining. It concludes by arguing that the language within the OST does not adequately address these emerging problems, which could lead to possible conflicts in each of these issue-areas. This thesis offers several possible policy recommendations for consideration by U.S. decision makers to promote a future framework of stability and longevity in the use of space: 1) transfer responsibility for tracking non-military satellites and space debris in low earth orbit (LEO) from the military to commercial space companies; 2) review the current 25-year guideline for de-orbiting satellites for adequacy; 3) propose a moratorium to China and Russia on further anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) testing; 4) prohibit nefarious behavior in space, rather than trying to prohibit dual-use technologies; 5) initiate talks with Russia and China to reevaluate and discuss the Moon Treaty; and 6) reach out to interested State Parties in the OST to coordinate future space mining legislation.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/cantheouterspace1094559607
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleCAN THE OUTER SPACE TREATY PREVENT CONFLICTS IN ORBIT IN THE 21ST CENTURY?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderRacoosin, Charles M.
dc.contributor.departmentSpace Systems Academic Group (SP)
dc.subject.authorOuter Space Treatyen_US
dc.subject.authorspace debrisen_US
dc.subject.authorspace weaponizationen_US
dc.subject.authorspace miningen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Space Systems Operationsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSpace Systems Operationsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid30113


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