Daniel Halliday
Oct 3 · Last update 18 days ago.

Should countries be allowed to conduct military activities in space?

Since coming to power as the United States president Donald Trump has reignited the debate on militarism in space after he has called on the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces as he announced his intention to establish a Space Force. Trump justified his advocacy for a Space Force in the name of job creation, a boost to the national psyche, American military dominance and an eventual mission to mars. However such calls have had a lot of critics and push back in the past. So, is Trump’s new Space Force a farce, or a transition to a new era of exploration and space warfare? Should states be allowed to engage in militarism in space?
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No, this should be prohibited

The militarisation of space is a terrifying prospect and should be prohibited by international law. This was attempted in 1967 in the Outer Space Treaty, but the treaty failed to ban military activities in space, instead concentrating on establishing the right of free exploration for all nations and denying claims of sovereignty over celestial bodies. There is a clear need for further legally binding treaties to fill the gaps left in previous attempts to establish the peaceful use of space, this is something already underway with China and Russia proposing a drafting a treaty to the UN on the prevention of an arms race in outer space in 2008 and 2014. The UN has likewise recommended four prohibitions on conduct in space: the placement of any weapons, armed attacks against satellites, harmful interference of satellites, and the development, testing and stockpiling of anti-satellite weapons. Donald Trump's establishment of a space force is merely an excuse to further expand the military industrial complex of the US.

globalsecurityreview.com/consequences-militarization-space medium.com/law-and-policy/space-law-revisited-the-militarization-of-outer-space-d65df7359515 un.org/press/en/2018/gadis3609.doc.htm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty democracynow.org/2019/3/19/the_military_industrial_complex_trumps_ties

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Daniel Halliday
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An inevitable future necessity

Yes, it's a commonly mentioned theme by US presidents (Reagan, Bush and now Trump), and will have to become an eventual reality. Given the questionable future transition to space prospecting and further exploration as technology continues to improve, just as it is necessary for countries to maintain a merchant navy, it will be inevitable that they will also need a military forces in space, to protect their countries infrastructure. Furthermore this would be a great boost for the economy and considering all the advances in tech that have come from the military, it will eventually benefit everyone else also.

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Yes, it's a commonly mentioned theme by US presidents (Reagan, Bush and now Trump), and will have to become an eventual reality. Given the questionable future transition to space prospecting and further exploration as technology continues to improve, just as it is necessary for countries to maintain a merchant navy, it will be inevitable that they will also need a military forces in space, to protect their countries infrastructure. Furthermore this would be a great boost for the economy and considering all the advances in tech that have come from the military, it will eventually benefit everyone else also.
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