Perspectives on Improving United States International Space Cooperation
James D. Rendleman
J. Walter Faulconer
President, Strategic Space Solutions, LLC
There is a powerful case to be made for the United States to conduct international space cooperation activities. In this chapter, we will discuss how cooperation allows a nation to leverage resources and reduce risk; improve efficiency; expand international engagement; and enhance diplomatic prestige of engaged states, political sustainability and workforce stability. Unfortunately, although the case for international space cooperation is powerful, the obstacles and impediments to cooperation are substantial, and are manifested through various anti-collaborative behaviors.