11 November 2010. ESPI was invited to make a presentation on “Overview of European Space Policy and Capabilities” before the European Security and Defence College’s (ESDC) High Level Course 2010–2011 Module II that was held in Tartu, Estonia, on 7–12 November 2010.

On 7-12 November 2010, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL), a multinational higher defence education institution operated by the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), and the Joint Services Command and Staff College of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, jointly conducted the Higher Level Course 2010–2011 Module II, entitled “EU Crises Management Capabilities”, of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). The ESDC is a virtual network college that was established in 2005 to serve as a training and education venue for European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), now termed Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). One of the principal goals of the ESDC is to promote a better understanding of CSDP in the overall CFSP. The college also seeks to advance common European security culture and values. EU Member States participate in this effort on a voluntary basis.

The 6th Common Security and Defence Policy High Level Course, that began in July 2010, consists of a preparatory module and four additional modules introducing the foundations of Common Foreign Security Policy (CFSP)/Common Security Defence Policy (CSDP) and the functioning of the EU. The courses also cover EU crisis management capabilities; the Union’s external action and CSDP; and the future of CSDP. The final two modules will be convened next year in Warsaw and Budapest, respectively. Jana Robinson, ESPI Resident Fellow, delivered a presentation on “Overview of European Space Policy and Capabilities” on the 4th day of the Course entitled “EU-NATO, Space Policy and HR Issues”. After introducing ESPI’s work program, Jana Robinson provided a brief summary of key milestones for space security and defence in Europe, the main stakeholders as well as the evolution of European Space Policy. Other topics treated included national space capabilities in the areas of EO and reconnaissance, navigation, positioning and timing (NPT), electronic intelligence and early warning and SSA. Europe’s leading space-related challenges were likewise reviewed as were space-based strategic assets.


ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson during her presentation


- Presentation by Jana Robinson: Overview of European Space Policy and Capabilities 





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