What is it about?

This paper is about space junk as a national security issue and the making of delicate decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty (and what your adversary may choose to do too).

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Why is it important?

Space junk is national security issue. It can be created to cause problems. It can be worsened by poor decision-making. Its potential solutions have a nefarious side and you have to keep a close eye on what other governments are doing... A method to clean up space junk might also be a method to drag one of your communications satellites out of orbit without causing fragmentation.


The original title was "Space Junk and the Behavioural Economics of Defence". That pretty much sums it up.

Dr Peter J Phillips
University of Southern Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Space Junk: Behavioural Economics and the Prioritisation of Solutions, Defence and Peace Economics, June 2020, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10242694.2020.1772552.
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