Maurice Young is an Army officer who is combining his broad operational experience with a Master of Philosophy research into the control of access to resources by states. His thesis argues that states have used three methods to control access to resources, namely through a recognised authority; by default; or by conquest. His central contention is that a state's reliance on international law to protect its interests is naive and excludes other options available. The thesis seeks to confirm methods of resource control so that Maurice can then research extra-terrestrial ownership as part of a future PhD dissertation. Maurice also holds a Master of Arts, a Master of Business and is a Thai linguist. His interests are sci-fi, offshore sailing and cooking.