24 June 2010. ESPI hosted a conference on transatlantic cooperation in space security sponsored by the EisenhowerCenter For Space and Defense Studies (U.S.AirForceAcademy) as part of its efforts to strengthen transatlantic cooperation, identify areas of joint interest and expand existing undertakings.
For the third time, the EisenhowerCenter for Space and Defense Studies held a workshop on transatlantic cooperation in space security and selected ESPI as the partner for this activity (programme here). The event was convened on ESPI’s premises and involved distinguished experts in the field, inter alia from the European Commission (EC), the European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC), the European Space Agency (ESA), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, NATO’s Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC), the U.S. Department of Defense, the Air University’s National Space Studies Center (NSSC),the Secure World Foundation (SWF), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and industry.
Five panels were convened to discuss, under Chatham House rules, a number of issues, including future cooperation among the U.S. – European systems (e.g. Galileo, GMES), institutional cooperation, confidence-building, compliance and verification as well as joint support for new initiatives. The panel moderators concluded the workshop by summarising the key findings and recommendations, including several different facets of space security. The workshop proceedings made clear that the time for more meaningful transatlantic cooperation is now and should involve a shared interpretation of the kind of space policies that must be adopted. This would include creating the incentives and disincentives to prevent space abuses from putting at risk normal space usage and access.
Panel 1. From left: Thomas Beer (ESA), Sylvia Kainz-Huber (EC) and Lt Col Mick Gleason (Eisenhower Center)
Panel 2. From left: Col David Pedersen (NATO JAPCC), Luca Del Monte (ESA), Schuyler Foerster (Eisenhower Center), Brigadier General Jay Santee (OSDP) and Brian Routledge (EUSC)
Panel 3. From left: Peter Hays (Eisenhower Center), Jana Robinson (ESPI), Theresa Hitchens (UNIDIR) and Tanja Masson-Zwaan (Leiden/IISL)
Panel 4. From left: John Sheldon (Air War College), Brian Weeden (SWF), Scott Pace (GWU/SPI) and Tomasso Sgobba (ESA/IAASS)
Concluding Panel. From left: Schuyler Foerster, Sylvia Kainz-Huber, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Jana Robinson and Brian Weeden
The workshop also benefited by a luncheon address by Amb. Peter Jankowitsch, former Foreign Minister of Austria (in this capacity as former Chairman of the UN Security Council) and Chairman of UNCOPUOS, linking the overall political environment with the field of space security.
Luncheon Speaker Amb. Peter Jankowitsch (center) with Amb. Roger Harrison (left) and Kai-Uwe Schrogl (right)
Audience with the cadets from the Air Force Academy participating in the conference (standing)
The workshop was organised on ESPI’s side by ESPI Resident Fellow for Space Security, Jana Robinson, who moderated one of the panels. Through joining the EisenhowerCenter and hosting this workshop, ESPI extended its efforts to promote transatlantic cooperation and serve as an effective platform in this field. Both co-organisers, the Eisenhower Foundation led by its Director Amb. Roger Harrison and ESPI by its Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl announced their plan to continue close cooperation in the future.
Organising teams from the Eisenhower Center and ESPI. From left: Andreas Baur, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Jana Robinson, Amb. Roger Harrison, Tracy Hicks, Schuyler Foerster and Deron Jackson