The End of Secrecy?: Dual-Use Remote Sensing Satellite Technology and National Security Implications A Regulatory Framework
Freedman, Brett D.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Abstract: This paper examines the evolution of satellite imagery in the context of two emerging trends: the information revolution and an increasing level of transparency. Through a study of the historical development of technology, international policies, and emerging ... read moretenets of space law, this study observes the burgeoning industry of satellite remote sensing systems. The expansion of satellite imaging illustrates the diverse range of current and future applications of this technology. Domestic and international policies are depicted in order to highlight the ad hoc nature in which the current regulatory framework has evolved. This essay suggests that recent events, combined with the advent of high-resolution imagery available to the general public, have dramatically altered the manner in which the international community perceives the commercial remote sensing marketplace and products. This analysis begins with an overview of remote sensing, continues with a review of policy, space law, and the marketplace, and concludes by submitting a proposal for the creation of a regulatory framework for cooperation and oversight of remote sensing satellites.read less