In 2013, the Stimson Center's Space Security Project is focusing on two initiatives, both led by Stimson co-founder, Michael Krepon: to build support for a Code of Conduct for responsible space-faring nations, and to compare and contrast "space deterrence" and nuclear deterrence.
Stimson has been focusing on ways to enhance U.S. security and to avoid dangerous confrontations in space since 2002. The objective of Stimson programming is to help assure that satellites critical for US national and economic security will be available for use when needed. The use of satellites won't be assured through warfare in space because satellites are very vulnerable, and because all major space-faring nations have multiple means to interfere, disable or destroy them. A Code of Conduct can strengthen norms for the responsible use of space, while facilitating actions against those who act irresponsibly in this domain. Read more