Project Title

Space Proliferation: A Policy and Threat Analysis

Presenter Information

Darien T. McLarenFollow

Presenter Hometown

Richmond, KY

Major

Homeland Security, Criminal Justice

Department

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Christopher Hughes

Mentor Department

Geosciences

Abstract

The issue of space proliferation has been present since the beginning of the cold war; while the policy of the United States, and other nations has largely relied upon formal non-militarization, and policies avoiding conflict to maintain the status-quo; technological advances and the reliance on space-based technologies has changed the way in which the United States operates in space. Comparatively, the development of satellites and other technologies by China, Russia, and other nation-states has created a new kind of cold war. This work will discuss the different policy options potentially available to the U.S. and evaluate each policy based on a set of parameters established to determine the option with the best overall effect on national security. These policies will be compared around those of other nations; as well as examples of use; and finally work to establish parameters and an analysis of the formal establishment of a space related military branch to the United States armed forces: The Space Force.

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Space Proliferation: A Policy and Threat Analysis

The issue of space proliferation has been present since the beginning of the cold war; while the policy of the United States, and other nations has largely relied upon formal non-militarization, and policies avoiding conflict to maintain the status-quo; technological advances and the reliance on space-based technologies has changed the way in which the United States operates in space. Comparatively, the development of satellites and other technologies by China, Russia, and other nation-states has created a new kind of cold war. This work will discuss the different policy options potentially available to the U.S. and evaluate each policy based on a set of parameters established to determine the option with the best overall effect on national security. These policies will be compared around those of other nations; as well as examples of use; and finally work to establish parameters and an analysis of the formal establishment of a space related military branch to the United States armed forces: The Space Force.