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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. 

PSSI Addresses First Session of UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on PAROS in Geneva

06.08.2018

On August 6, 2018, PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, delivered remarks on the current trends and developments in space security at the first session in Geneva of the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Further ... more »

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka Co-Wrote a Brief on Disinformation Spread about Ján Kuciak's Death

01.08.2018

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka co-wrote a new brief together with colleagues from the GLOBSEC Policy Institute and the Political Capital Institute that analyzes disinformation spread around the Czech Republic, ... more »

PSSI Published Report on Space Hybrid Operations

30.07.2018

On July 30, 2018, PSSI released its latest space security report, entitled “Europe’s Preparedness to Respond to Space Hybrid Operations”. The Report, and an associated Fact Sheet, (available here and here) focuses ... more »

Call for Applications: Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program

14.07.2018

PSSI is now accepting applications for the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program 2018/2019. The program is currently comprised of a series of lectures and interactive seminars led by distinguished senior current and former security policy ... more »

PSSI published an analysis titled "Portrayal of NATO in the Czech Media"

13.07.2018

  The analysis maps out the ways in which NATO is portrayed in the Czech media. Special attention is dedicated to the deployment of Czech soldiers to the Baltic states as a part of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence, as this issue has become ... more »

Call for Applications: Cyber Security Academy

12.07.2018

PSSI is now accepting applications for the Cyber Security Academy 2018. The intensive one-week course is organized in cooperation with the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) and is scheduled to take place in Prague in ... more »