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Space and Security
Years from now, the President of the United States
announces that the US will be a permanent member of a Security Council
of Policing Outer Space (SCPOS) that is in charge of maintaining
peace in outer space and protecting international assets, like the
International Space Station, from potential threats.
As a permanent member of the SCPOS, the US proposes a system that
restrains unauthorized organizations and Axis of Evil nations from
developing offensive space projects. To counter the US proposal
and to prevent US dominance of outer space, several nations jointly
announce that they will start a collaborative space project in order
to launch a space ship equipped with defensive and offensive military
capabilities, in order to protect their own space assets and access
to outer space. These movements could lead to an arms race in outer
To cope with this emerging crisis, some members of the US Department
of Defense are urgently planning military sanctions to occupy those
countries' land-based satellite stations that communicate
with satellites in outer space. There is a risk that this could
lead to a massive counterattack toward the coalition occupation
force of the US and its allies.
1) Imagine that you are a high-ranked official of the US Department
of Defense dealing with space development programs. What kind of
measures would you propose to deal with the possible war that could
jeopardize peace in the universe?
2) Imagine that you are a leader of an international non-governmental
organization working for prevention of an arms race in outer space.
What kinds of demonstrations or activities would you organize against
the US occupation plan?
3) Imagine that you are a senior research fellow of a non-profit
research and educational institute. How would you describe this
situation to the general public? What kinds of events would you
hold to educate younger generations?