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Facilitating Information Sharing Across the International Space Community

Facilitating Information Sharing Across the International Space Community: Lessons from Behavioral Science

Kirsten M. Keller
Douglas Yeung
Dave Baiocchi
William Welser
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 34
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    Facilitating Information Sharing Across the International Space Community
    Book Description:

    Space debris is a growing threat that will increasingly affect future space-related missions. The space community would benefit from sharing information, but its members are not always willing to do so. This report examines some of the potential behavioral and psychological barriers that may prevent information sharing and suggests ways the U.S. Air Force might be able to facilitate improved information sharing among space-faring entities.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8324-1
    Subjects: Technology, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Summary
    (pp. vii-x)
  5. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Abbreviations
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  7. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-2)

    Over the past 60 years, an increasing number of countries and organizations have realized the advantages that space-based assets can provide. As of March 2012, ten countries had the independent ability to launch unmanned orbital missions.¹ Many more have also built what is known ashosted payloadsfor launch via partnerships with other countries. Hosted payloads use available capacity on spacecraft or rockets already scheduled to be launched into space. In addition, private companies, such as Arianespace, Orbital Sciences, and SpaceX, have started to develop capabilities that will provide the public and private sectors with additional spacelift capacity. This large...

  8. CHAPTER TWO Barriers to Information Sharing
    (pp. 3-10)

    Our review of the literature identified several key psychological and motivational barriers to information sharing that may be particularly relevant to decision-makers in the context of the space community. We discuss each of these in the following sections.

    One of the primary barriers to information sharing often cited in the literature is the extent to which relationships with others are viewed as competitive or cooperative. For example, organizational structures themselves are frequently devised such that individuals are competing against one another for resources, promotions, raises, etc. (Hinds and Pfeffer, 2003). As a result, individuals often view their relationships with others...

  9. CHAPTER THREE Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 11-16)

    USSTRATCOM recognizes that supporting cooperative information sharing can help foster safe space operations (McLeod, 2012). As the provider of space and cyberspace forces for USSTRATCOM, Air Force Space Command is among the major organizations within the space community that could benefit from information sharing.

    Examples of interorganizational collaborations or alliances are not uncommon. Although organizations may wish to be independent entities, it is often necessary to collaborate or engage with other organizations to obtain necessary resources or information to which the organization itself does not have access (Galaskiewicz, 1985). Additionally, with increasing economic globalization, alliances between commercial organizations, as well...

  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 17-20)