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PSSI Space Security Program Director Chairs Inaugural Defence Satellite Conference in Brussels

19.05.2016

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Jana Robinson, chaired the inaugural Defence Satellites conference organized by [Intelligence Sec] in Brussels on May 10-12, 2016 (agenda is available here). Representatives from the EU, ESA, national Ministries of Defense, and commercial entities (e.g. AGI, SES, LuxGovSat, etc.) discussed developments in the vital areas of Space Situational Awareness (SSA)/Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), Earth observation, and satellite communications, with the main focus on the European space landscape in both the public and private sectors.

In the area of Earth observation, representatives from Ministries of Defense discussed their national capabilities, as well as benefits of, and obstacles to, collaboration in this sphere.  Commercial representatives from QinetiQ and Urthecast also introduced their technical capabilities. The EU Satellite Centre explained their mandate, including their role in supporting the EU external action through the Copernicus program, and their “front desk” role in the EU SST framework.

In the area of telecommunications, considerations involved in the development of GovSatCom at a European level were explained by European Defence Agency (EDA) and European Commission (EC) representatives, and LuxGovSat provided an overview of their business activities, including the plan to launch their GovSatCom-1 in 2017. Ministries of Defense representatives provided an overview of their MilSatCom capabilities.

In the area of SSA, the speakers discussed opportunities and limitations related to SSA sharing and the role of commercial entities, such as the AGI. An EU representative explained the EU SST Framework, including the functioning of a Consortium established, at least for now, among five EU Member States to share their individual SST capabilities. SDA provided an overview of the evolution of their organization since it was established in 2009, as well as its future priorities. ESA explained its SSA program for the period of 2017-2020. Satellite IRG discussed its work in the arena of radio frequency interference.

It was concluded that due to the already complex traffic in space (including some less experienced operators), the ever-present issue of space debris, the tense geopolitical situation, and the need for a more comprehensive SSA, space security should be accorded greater attention at senior political levels. 

Call for Applications: Great Opportunity for Young and Aspiring Czech Journalists

05.02.2019

The Prague Security Studies Institute, in cooperation with the British Embassy in Prague, is launching a new program for students of journalism and journalists at the start of their career. The main aim of the project is to create a deeper understanding ... more »

Internship Opportunity!

04.02.2019

We are looking for an intern to work on projects within the framework of our Economic and Financial Threat Program. Deadline for Application: February 12, 2019 Internship: March-August 2019 approximately 25h/month proficiency in ... more »

Invitation: Public Roundtable on Foreign Direct Investment

02.02.2019

Join us on February 13 at 5 p.m. at the American Center for a roundtable on the risks connected with non-standard economic behavior of foreign powers. The roundtable will give insight into the development of the EU FDI screening framework and it ... more »

Jonáš Syrovátka Co-Authored a Report on the Media Coverage of the Kerch Strait Incident

07.01.2019

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka co-authored a new brief together with colleagues from the GLOBSEC Policy Institute and the Political Capital Institute exploring the coverage of the Kerch Strait incident in ... more »

PSSI Published a Briefing Paper Focusing on the External Influence in Media and Elections in the Western Balkans

04.01.2019

This is the fifth briefing paper (out of a series of six), presenting the results of the ongoing research within the project “Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Non-Democratic External Influence Activities” launched ... more »

PSSI Delivered a Lecture on Law and Space Security

18.12.2018

On December 18, 2018, PSSI Senior Fellow and a diplomat and international lawyer at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Martina Šmuclerová, delivered a lecture entitled "Law and Space Security" at the Charles University ... more »