22 November 2011. ESPI Report 38 provides a summary and analysis of a major international conference entitled “Space Security through the Transatlantic Partnership” convened in Prague in June 2011.

ESPI’s report, “Space Security through the Transatlantic Partnership: Conference Report and Analysis”, provides a summary and analysis of the proceedings of a major international conference held in Prague on 12 – 14 June 2011. The conference, organized jointly by ESPI and the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), sought to help fill the existing gap in the transatlantic dialogue on space security, as well as to launch a trilateral NGO-led “Track-II” discussion among  experts from Europe, the U.S. and Japan concerning future priorities in this rapidly emerging dimension of global space policy.

Collaboration among Europe, the U.S. and Japan has the potential to advance substantially the future security of space-related activities. This will require, however, better and more frequent coordination among the three partners in crafting an architecture of this key dimension of space policy.

The conference proceedings, covering five panels and a concluding session, are summarized in chapters two and three of the report. The topics included a definition of space security, the challenges and opportunities associated with both trilateral and multilateral approaches to space-related cooperation, the governance of space activities, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), and space crisis management. ESPI’s analysis is included in the report’s Executive Summary.

Keynote addresses were presented by Adm. Dennis C. Blair, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command; Hirofumi Katase, Deputy Secretary-General of Japan’s Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy at the Cabinet Secretariat; and Pierre-Louis Lempereur, Chairman of the Council Working Party on Disarmament and Space, European Union External Action Service (EEAS).

Other distinguished speakers included Alexandr Vondra, Minister of Defence, Czech Republic; Giuseppe Morsillo, Director for Policies, Planning and Control, European Space Agency (ESA); Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Space and Defense Policy, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State; Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command; Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Chairman, UNCOPUOS; Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director, European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC); Atsuo Suzuki, Director, Defense Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy in Japan’s Ministry of Defense; Jiří Schneider,  First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic; Jeff Kueter, President, George C. Marshall Institute; Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University; Oldřich Černý, Executive Director of PSSI and Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESPI’s then-Director.


- ESPI Report 38: Space Security through the Transatlantic Partnership: Conference Report and Analysis

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