Strengthening International Security through Global Science and Technology Cooperation in Space (2012)

7-8 December 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AAAS Headquarters (Abelson/Haskins Room, 2nd Floor)
1200 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Space is often viewed in the U.S. through a narrow security lens-surveillance, communications and weaponization. Space, however, provides much more. Space is a natural laboratory for fundamental science and technology advancement, creating opportunities for cooperation and trust building with benefits to American national and international security. The June 28, 2012 U.S. National Space Policy placed emphasis on U.S. leadership in mutually beneficial international space cooperation, but implementation to date has been modest. Ms. Samson will be examining the mechanisms by which space can be utilized as a “soft power” instrument for the United States, international initiatives that promote space cooperation and current roadblocks that deter deeper collaboration in space.