In 2006, I published an article entitled “Strategic Communication with China: What Message About Space?”1 The article pointed out that difficulties encountered in trying to convey its message regarding the Global War on Terror to a global audience had convinced the United States, or at least the Defense Science Board, that it needed to use strategic communications more effectively. From there I extrapolated, “If one believes that big problems are best tackled in small bites, ‘space’ perhaps offers an area where the United States can begin to understand and tackle some of the strategic communication issues it faces.”2 Communication mishaps encountered in the space policy field, especially between the United States and China, made it ripe for improvement. Unfortunately, a review of both words and actions since 2006 reveals little headway has been made toward bettering U.S.-Sino communications on space related matters, and in fact in some ways the problem has worsened through second order unintended consequences.
"STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS WITH CHINA ABOUT SPACE,"
Space and Defense: Vol. 2:
5, Article 6.
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