We cannot turn a blind eye to the weaponization of space

Cesar Jaramillo Featured 1 Comment

The many challenges facing the outer space domain can be generally grouped into two broad categories. On the one hand, there are those related to the risks that result from normal peaceful space operations, such us unintentional interference with space assets. On the other, there are clear risks associated with a potential arms race in outer space. While there is …

Tracking space security: Are we ready to go live?

Jessica West Featured 1 Comment

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 …

A Remarkable Year

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What a year. As Project Ploughshares marked four decades of continuous work in 2016, we witnessed often convoluted global developments that affected virtually all areas of our work on international peace and security. And we have been busy. Not only striving to produce evidence-based research, but communicating the policy implications of such research to a wide range of stakeholders—in and …

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 …

Outer space

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Global commons or a wild frontier—open for competitive exploitation, profit and resettlement? Author Jessica West Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Technology has “opened up a new world of outer space—a celestial world filled with both bewildering problems and dazzling promise. This is, indeed, a moment for honest appraisal and historic decision.” U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower UN …

A fracturing of priorities

Tasneem Jamal

Author Theresa Hitchens Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 3 Autumn 2015 As more nations participate in outer space endeavours, efforts toward multilateral governance are under threat Humanity’s endeavours in outer space are largely driven by two oppositional motives: competition among states for prestige, economic/societal gain, and military advantage; and the need for cooperation among space actors to ensure a safe …

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 …

Outer space warfare and metaphor drag

Tasneem Jamal

Outdated metaphors, laws, treaties and norms hamper efforts to deal with the realities of space security Author John Siebert Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 2 Summer 2015 Our topic today is the inadequacy of current space governance instruments—laws, treaties, norms, institutions. It isn’t simply that we have inadequate international legal instruments developed in the 1960s and 1970s, which technological advances …