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State Dept’s Andrea Thompson: Dialogue Over International Norms of Behavior in Space Needed

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Andrea Thompson, undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department, has said she believes there should be discussions about acceptable norms of behavior and rules in space for nation states, SpaceNews reported Saturday.

Thompson told reporters Friday that space security has become a regular topic at National Space Council meetings and that she looks forward to hearing the outcome of the United Nations’ inaugural conference on space policy and law in Moscow.

She noted that the State Department will need to strengthen its expertise once space becomes a diplomatic priority.

“We need to start bringing in folks now,” said Thompson.

“We will need a team in place working space policy years from now.”