Space Force Commander Calls for Space Rules

Highlights increased need for international guidelines as more nations are active in space.

This week U.S. Space Force Commander General Raymond expressed the need for rules to be established for space similar to laws at sea or rules of the road. As an increasing number of countries engage in space militarily and commercially, there is more competition and potential threats to satellites and communications by advancing technologies and capabilities.

“Most concerning is that they’re developing a spectrum of threats to negate our access to space and to keep our nation and our allied partners from being able to realize the benefits that we derive from those space capabilities,” General Raymond said. “There are really no norms of behavior in space. It’s the Wild, Wild West.”

The space commander pointed out that, between 1967 and 1984, five treaties have been instituted to govern space. “Other than that, there’s no rules. We really believe — I really believe — there needs to be some rules [on] safe and professional conduct. I think our allies and partners that we operate with also think that,” General Raymond said.

Versions of their own space force are in development by the United Kingdom and France.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the U.S. Space Force guardians as they seek to protect the United States and allies.
  • For wisdom for General Raymond as he leads the Space Force.
  • For the major nations of the earth to come to an agreement on space guidelines.

Sources: Stars and Stripes,


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