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Space Security

Stimson’s Space Security program focuses on how to reduce clear and present dangers facing every space-faring nation. Stimson champions an International Code of Conduct that strengthens norms for debris mitigation and space traffic management procedures, and against tests of debris-causing anti-satellite weapons and harmful interference of satellite operations.

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Research and Analysis

July 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

It’s one thing to prepare for the eventuality of warfare in space. It’s another to assert that space warfare is inevitable. Many have predicted this since the launch of Sputnik, and all have been proven wrong—so far. The task before us isn’t just to acquire capabilities to fight, if necessary, but also to prevent warfare from occurring. Success involves deterrence as well as reassurance in the form of diplomatic engagement.

March 7, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

With the Republican Party in tear-down mode, it’s no surprise that demolition efforts on Capitol Hill have extended to the Open Skies Treaty, which has impeccable Republican lineage.

March 7, 2016 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

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November 2, 2015 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

“The Martian” is a box office hit because it fits the tenor of the times. The film is a perfect reflection of the anti-politics-as-usual mood of the U.S. electorate and our craving for genuine heroes.

July 21, 2014 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Over the past quarter-century, the Stimson Center has played a leading role among non-governmental organizations in championing multilateral treaties, true to our namesake’s interest in compacts that advance U.S. national and international security.

June 5, 2014

Drawing from his new book, Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space (Columbia University Press, 2014), James Clay Moltz of the Naval Postgraduate School examined this core issue of national and international security.

March 31, 2014 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Waiting for Trouble

March 31, 2014 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The United States and China have no experience and no agreements to avoid or defuse incidents in space or at sea, where both countries are flexing their military capabilities.

January 29, 2014

Chairman Rogers, Ranking Minority Member Cooper,Members of this Subcommittee: Thank you for inviting me to offer my personal views on how best to safeguard US national and economic security interests in space.

January 28, 2014 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Chairman Rogers, Ranking Minority Member Cooper, Members of this Subcommittee: Thank you for inviting me to offer my personal views on how best to safeguard US national and economic security interests in space.

January 27, 2014

Joint Hearing on the People's Republic of China's Counterspace Program and the Implications for U.S. National Security     Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Date: January 28, 2014 Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Rayburn HOB - 2118

December 4, 2013

Some worry that U.S. military dependency on satellites for communication, navigation, intelligence, targeting and other purposes could lead to a "space Pearl Harbor." In this scenario, China or another country not nearly as invested in the military uses of space might carry out an attack in this domain.

November 5, 2013

The European Union's third draft for an International Code of Conduct for responsible space-faring nations was publicly released on September 16, 2013.

September 17, 2013 | STAFF: Julia Thompson , EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The Stimson Center today issued a collection of six essays titled "Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations," which provide a range of viewpoints about cooperation between the U.S. and China in space.

September 17, 2013 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The Stimson Center today issued a collection of six essays titled "Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations," which provide a range of viewpoints about cooperation between the U.S. and China in space.
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