Policy chatter ...

From: Jeffrey Lewis (lewisj@umd.edu)
Date: Sat Aug 07 2004 - 15:05:16 EDT

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    Hey folks:
    Sorry to keep up the off-topic chatter, but I wanted to introduce myself 
    and suggest that those who are interested can contact me off the list-serv.
    There is a whole crowd of us working issues of space from a policy 
    perspective, including
        * The Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program at the
          University of Maryland (http://www.cissm.umd.edu/),
        * The Space Security Project at the Center for Defense Information
        * The Space Security Project  at the Henry L. Stimson Center
          (http://www.stimson.org/home.cfm), and<>
        * The Union of Concerned Scientists (http://www.ucsusa.org/)
    A school of thought within the Pentagon (especially the E-Ring) says 
    controlling access to space, including access to information about the 
    orbital environment, is a vital national security interest.  Those folks 
    are, not surprisingly, often hostile to visual satellite observers.
    If the four projects listed here share something in common, we share the 
    sense that controlling access to space is a short-sighted, futile and 
    counterproductive endeavor that won't advance anyone's security 
    interests in the long-run.
    I'd be happy  to continue this discussion off-line.  I recently wrote a 
    thought piece about how the Air Force ought to approach the sharing of 
    orbital data (http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/about/) and, at a recent 
    Workshop on Outer Space and Security in Geneva, Switzerland (25-26 March 
    2004) another colleague suggested that an international, 
    non-governmental provider of orbital data would foster cooperation in space.
    Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and suggest that we keep this 
    discussion alive over private channels.
    Jeffrey Lewis
    University of Maryland
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