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

July 29, 2013

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

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.  READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

June 14, 2012

By Michael Krepon and Alex Stolar - A code of conduct for responsible space-faring nations received an important endorsement on September 27, 2007 from General Kevin P. Chilton, whom the Senate recently confirmed as the next Commander of U.S. Strategic Command. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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." READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

March 30, 2011 | EXPERT: Amit Pandya , EXTERNAL: Junko Kobayashi , EXPERT: Rupert Herbert-Burns

Maritime Commerce and Security: The Indian Ocean describes the commerical trends and their security implications with a view to helping policy makers and others outside the industry understand the vulnerabilities of an industry that is central to the global economy and security. READ MORE

January 20, 2011 | EXPERT: Michael Krepon , EXTERNAL: Nathan Cohn

The Stimson Center, with the help of Nancy Gallagher at the University of Maryland, Victoria Samson and Brian Weedon at the Secure World Foundation, Theresa Hitchens at UNIDIR, and Laura Grego at the Union of Concerned Scientists, has developed a matrix of space norms, existing and proposed, stro READ MORE

December 10, 2010

By Michael Krepon - Since 2002, the Stimson Center's Space Security Project has worked to increase public awareness of the dangerous consequences of flight testing and deploying space weapons, while offering alternative approaches to enhance US and international security. READ MORE

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