Space Security

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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.


Research and Analysis

July 29, 2013

Group of Governmental Experts on Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Outer Space Activities.

July 10, 2013

Featured Speaker: Michael Nacht, Thomas and Alison Schneider Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley Moderator:

July 8, 2013 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Major powers compete and cooperate in space. The more they cooperate in space, the less likely it is that their competition on Earth will result in military confrontation. The reverse is also true. 

May 2, 2013

Stimson's Space Security program hosted a discussion on ways to increase U.S.-China space cooperation.

January 22, 2013 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Satellites are crucial for national, economic, and personal security. They permit quick and secure long-distance financial transactions.

June 14, 2012 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

The Stimson Center's Space Security Project, with grant support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Ploughshares Fund, and the New-Land Foundation, convened a three-day workshop at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Conference Center in Italy from November 11-13, 2008.

June 14, 2012

By Michael Krepon - The 65-nation Conference on Disarmament in Geneva is tied up in knots because it operates by consensus and because it proceeds as if the Cold War never ended.  Its last substantive achievement was the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in 1996.

March 23, 2012

The "leap day" agreement between the DPRK and the Obama administration may not last more than one month if Pyongyang follows through with its announced plans to place a satellite in low earth orbit. North Korean officials argue that a "space launch" is different

February 1, 2012 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Michael Krepon authored an opinion-editorial in Space News regarding arguments against the international space Code of Conduct the Obama adminstration now supports.

January 17, 2012

By Michael Krepon - Major diplomatic accomplishments for space are as rare as triple crown winners in baseball. The last year both occurred was in 1967, when the Outer Space Treaty was finalized and Carl Yastrzemski, powered the Red Sox into the World

November 17, 2011 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Michael Krepon's op-ed, "How Not to Test in Space," was published in Space News. He writes about implementing a "Code of Conduct for responsible space-faring nations that addresses debris and traffic management imperatives."

November 7, 2011 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Almost fifty years ago, the United States carried out its highest yield atmospheric nuclear test, when a Thor missile was launched from Johnston Island carrying a Mark-49 warhead.

September 12, 2011 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

It's never a good sign when the United States votes in lonely isolation at the United Nations. This can only mean one of three things: that the rest of the world is spineless, or that the White House is obtuse or timid.

April 5, 2011

It's a whole new world to think about the privatization of space, but Elon Musk has done just that.  Musk took the stage at Stimson yesterday, shortly after announcing the launch date for the
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