Operational Implications of Sovereignty and Freedom of Navigation in Space   [open pdf - 413KB]

"What is the operational impact and significance upon U.S. Air Force operations in applying the terrestrial concepts of sovereignty and freedom of navigation to U.S. national interests and assets in space? Can these concepts provide guidance for the formulation of Air Force doctrine regarding military operations in space? The operational impact and significance are examined through a systematic approach from the perspective of a present-day fictional Chinese staff officer in the People's Liberation Army, Senior Colonel Xua. He is tasked to prepare an information paper regarding how the U.S. may react when confronting issues of sovereignty and freedom of navigation in space, and begins by examining the historical background of the space treaties. This is followed by an examination of current U.S. space policy and military doctrine. Senior Colonel Xua next reviews the application of sovereignty and freedom of navigation in space through an analytical framework involving the decision-making process for circumstances authorizing use of military force. He also examines the analytical framework in the context the methodology for actual employment of force. Finally, Senior Colonel Xua discusses two possible courses of action the U.S. may take to redress perceived limitations in current space treaty or doctrine. The conclusion drawn is the conceptual framework and methodology underlying the terrestrial use of military force is similarly applicable to military force concerning U.S. national space interests and space-based assets. Concepts such as sovereignty and freedom of navigation in space provide the foundation for the development of space-related military doctrine and training."

Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Air University: http://www.au.af.mil/au/
Media Type:
Help with citations