Space Security

Emerging Global Challenges

Space security involves the responsible use of space by space-faring nations and actors. Stimson experts examine how a properly crafted international Code of Conduct can enhance U.S. national and economic security and help avoid dangerous confrontations in space.

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Current Research

April 3, 2018

On January 22, 2018, the Stimson Center and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) partnered to host a roundtable discussion on the relationship between space insurance and incentivizing responsible behavior in space operations. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

The Stimson Centre's recent report on drones was thorough, extraordinarily comprehensive and balanced. Even so, there are two potential shortcomings if one approaches the findings from a South Asia viewpoint - the first is the evolving notion of state sovereignty, the second is the slippery slope of drone proliferation. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

March 31, 2014 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon

Waiting for Trouble READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

December 27, 2013 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay , EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

By Johanna Mendelson Forman and Brian Finlay -- In the 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, by President George H.W. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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