Why the chances of conflict in outer space are going up

Jessica West Featured, Space Security Leave a Comment

U.S. President Trump’s desire to create a Space Force—a new military branch focused solely on outer space operations—has drawn public attention to the prospects of warfare in a domain that has been used only for peaceful and passive purposes. Despite the provocative name, the proposed mission would in many ways be mundane: the command and control of spacecraft rather than …

A fracturing of priorities

Tasneem Jamal Space Security

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 …