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Broadcast 1506 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on February 6th, 2011
Guest: Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese
Guest: Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese. Topics: National Security Space Strategy, U.S. Civil and Military space policy. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. We welcomed Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese to the program to discuss our National Security Space and Strategy Policy. There were several documents referenced in this discussion and I recommend you download and read them. The National Security Space Strategy released last week is at The National Security Space Strategy Fact Sheet is at The EU Draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities can be found at We started our first segment with a discussion about the National Security Space Strategy and learned that while we are not short of space policy organizations, documents, and efforts, our national space policy is not unified or organized. We discussed our policy in the context of both the Chinese and Indian space policies amid the pros and cons of doing business with China. I was not surprised to learn that the U.S. is on the road to becoming irrelevant from the perspective of other emerging national space programs. With listener questions focusing on China, we discussed both American and Chinese perspectives and the probable consequences of how we decide to relate to China with space policy. Our discussion move to the U.S. DoD perspective and we learned about the DIME term for our nation's diplomatic, information, military, and economic strategies. As you will hear, our guest suggested that we all too often emphasize the "M" in that term and not always to our own benefit. Toward the end of the first segment, we began talking about the EU's Draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. In our second segment we fielded listener questions asking about China as well as inquiring about some of the more obvious problems with our current proposed space policy. Later in this segment, I asked Dr. Johnson-Freese about her commentary article in Astropolitics in response to a space and strategy target article in the same journal by Dr. James Clay Moltz. Dr. Johnson-Freese talked about comparing nuclear policy and strategy with space policy. I urge all of you to read this issue of Astropolitics, Vol. 8 Numbers 2-3, May-December 2010. A listener asked about the use of nuclear power for advanced propulsion and our guest suggested we would face legal problems doing it but other countries probably would not face such obstacles. The question of an Asian Space Race came up and you don't want to miss what was said about this possibility. In our third segment, I asked about the Common Heritage of Mankind (CMH) language and space as a Global Commons. This took us back to the Draft Code of Conduct discussion and the need for rules of the road for all space stakeholders to be able to access and carry on their desired activities in space. Comparisons were made with air routes and sea lanes. Toward the end of the segment, we talked about space education, including some recent educational efforts for members of Congress and their staff. You will likely be surprised at the stories you hear. Our guest talked about revising the National Space Council as a way to possibly counter some of the issues discussed during today's interview. If you have a question or comment for Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, post it on the Space Show Blog URL above. You can also send it to me at and I will forward it to Dr. Johnson-Freese.

About our guest...

Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese
Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese has been a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College since August 2002. Previously, she taught at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, HI, the Air War College in Montgomery, AL, and was Director of the Center for Space Policy & Law at the University of Central Florida. Within the realm of international and national security studies, Dr. Johnson-Freese focuses her research and writing on space security issues, including technology transfer and export, missile defense, transparency, space and development, transformation, and globalization. Her book publications include: Heavenly Ambitions: America’s Quest to Dominate Space 2009; Space As A Strategic Asset, 2007; The Chinese Space Program: A Mystery Within a Maze, 1998; Space: The Dormant Frontier, Changing the Space Paradigm for the 21st Century, 1997; The Prestige Trap: A Comparative Study of the US, European and Japanese Space Programs, with Roger Handberg, 1994; Over the Pacific: Japanese Space Policy Into the 21st Century, 1993; and Changing Patterns of International Cooperation in Space, 1990. Articles written by Dr. Johnson-Freese have been published in such journals as Joint Forces Quarterly, Nature, Space Policy, Issues in Science & Technology and The Nonproliferation Review. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Secure World Foundation, a Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics; a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies; on the Space Studies Board of the National Research Council; the Editorial Board of China Security; has testified before Congress on multiple occasions regarding space security and China, and teaches a course on Space & Security at Harvard’s Extension and Summer Schools.

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