Under Stress: Space Security in 2017

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The annual assessment of the security of outer space released at the United Nations last week warns of mounting stress from a combination of rapid technology change and geopolitical tensions.  Space Security Index 2017 tracks developments and activities related to four indicators of the security of outer space – environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space …

Outer space: The latest security assessment

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For a small but increasing number of states, space services provide the capability to deploy military personnel globally and apply force more efficiently and effectively. Increasingly, these states view space as a sphere to be dominated and defended. Space is not insulated from conflict on Earth, and it can unpredictably escalate crises on the ground or be the spark that …

Behind the scenes: Space Security Index

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In early May, Project Ploughshares, in cooperation with the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University and our partners on the Space Security Index (SSI) project, hosted the 14th annual Space Security Working Group (SSWG) meeting in Montreal. SSI aims to serve as a source of accurate information and current analysis on human activities in outer space. We …

The Outer Space Treaty at 50

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Join us for a conversation about the future of outer space governance as the Outer Space Treaty faces the next generation of challenges. Presented by the Space Security Index. When: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Where: Best Western Ville-Marie, Mont Royal I (20th floor) 3407 Rue Peel, Montreal Featuring: David Kendall Chair of UN COPUOS (Canada) Ambassador (Ret’d) …

Tracking space security: Are we ready to go live?

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The Canadian government sponsored a First Committee side event on 18 October in cooperation with the Space Security Index (SSI), titled “Tracking Space Security: Are We Ready to Go ‘Live’?” The event featured the release of the latest SSI report, Space Security Index 2016, which tracks annual developments and long-term trends related to the security of outer pace, and provided …

News Release: Ready for crisis in outer space?

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An annual assessment of the security of outer space warns that a crisis is looming if we do not constrain the use of force in outer space. Space Security Index 2016 tracks developments and activities in 2015 related to four indicators of the security of outer space – environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space security, …

A crisis in outer space

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Operators in outer space have managed a variety of mostly natural threats throughout the space age. Today they also face a growing arsenal of manmade threats (e.g., cyberattacks, jamming, etc.), from both state and non-state actors. The continued testing and development of anti-satellite weapons (ASATs) and the shrinking opportunity to separate activities in space from geopolitical flashpoints on Earth represent …

Why we work for space security

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Our dependence on outer space continues to grow as mining emerges as the next frontier of resource extraction Recently it was announced that David Saint-Jacques will be Canada’s next astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The adventure aside, we don’t always take the time to understand the benefits of space travel and exploration. In this case, ISS crew members …

Civil society statement on outer space security

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First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly  – Disarmament and International Security Delivered by Cesar Jaramillo, Project Ploughshares – 16 October 2015 Click here for PDF version. Nearly six decades into the space age, it is increasingly clear that the precepts and underlying assumptions of existing space law fall short of addressing the drastically changed reality of outer space …

Meeting the challenge of space debris

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 4 Winter 2014 Click here to download the full report. Space Security Index 2014 is the eleventh annual report on developments related to safety, sustainability, and security in outer space. The definition of space security guiding this report reflects the intent of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that outer …