Through new economic structures, militaries are deconstructing the manner in which post-modern militaries use space assets, creating new ambiguous structures. From these new economic structures, a complex multidimensional interdependence in the use of military space assets has emerged, within which space assets may no longer be classified exclusively as military or civilian in nature. Even the concept of dual use space assets, often used by space jurists and popular in the context of technology control frameworks, is being severely challenged by the doctrine. This article reviews the legitimacy of the use of force in outer space and analyse its evolution within the new economic models for the post-modern military, particularly their implications on the present rules applicable to international armed conflicts that govern the targeting of space assets.
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