International Law and Military Operations in Space

International Law and Military Operations in Space I. Introduction In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, warned: "We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will be- come a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without re- peating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours."1 Yet, just four decades later, General Lance Lord, then Commander of the United States Air Force's Space Command, would proclaim: "Space superiority is the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law Online Brill

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Brill
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Copyright 2006 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1389-4633
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1875-7413
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10.1163/187574106X00047
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I. Introduction In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, warned: "We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will be- come a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without re- peating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours."1 Yet, just four decades later, General Lance Lord, then Commander of the United States Air Force's Space Command, would proclaim: "Space superiority is the

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Published: Jan 1, 2006

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