Posted: Sep 08, 2021 12:01 AM
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I was pleased to see Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute recently speak out about the national security implications of Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite launches for the Turkish government — satellites that some fear could one day be used by the Turkish military.
In the absence of federal intervention, SpaceX will launch another Turkish satellite in November, and Rubin examined in detail the implications the satellites could have in aiding regional instability, such as with Turkey supporting the genocidal war efforts of Azerbaijan.
It’s no secret that the United States and Turkey have had a frosty relationship for the past several years. In these early months of the Biden administration, it’s clear that the human rights abuses and regional conflicts brought on by President Erdogan are unlikely to change and that America should respond with measured restrictions.
SpaceX’s work with Turkey is emblematic of a bigger problem: the lack of federal directives for businesses working with problematic foreign governments. This isn’t the first