26 April 2010. ESPI visited the German Space Situational Awareness Centre and the NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre to discuss recent study results in the field of space security.
Today, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESPI Director, and Jana Robinson, the Institute’s Resident Fellow responsible for the security research programme, visited the German Space Situational Awareness Centre (GSSAC) and the NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) to introduce ESPI’s recent activities and to discuss Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and space security more broadly. The meeting was held with Colonel Harald Borst, Director of the German Space Situational Awareness Centre in Uedem as the host, and Lieutenant Colonel Edoardo Meacci, space expert at the NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre in Kalkar. The topics discussed included the establishment of European SSA competence and the potential role of NATO in the transatlantic dialogue on space security. The visit also provided an opportunity for a brief exchange with Lieutenant General Friedrich Wilhelm Ploeger, JAPCC Executive Director.
At GSSAC, from left: Lieutenant Colonel Edoardo Meacci, Kai-Uwe Schrogl,
Jana Robinson, Colonel Harald Borst
The relationship between JAPCC and ESPI has evolved over the past years with a visit of Air Commodore Jan van Hoof, JAPCC Assistant Director Capabilities, to ESPI in 2008 (see related webnews here), the publication of an “ESPI Perspective” by Col. Tom Single (available here) and, most recently, a joint article by Col. Tom Single and Nina-Louisa Remuss, ESPI Associate Fellow (available here). Both NATO/JAPCC and the German SSA Centre also serve as important resources for the current ESPI project on Transparency and Confidence Building Measures For Space Security, led by Jana Robinson (recent presentation available here)