Program Activities

As part of the Space Security Program, PSSI's staff is hosting, or actively participating in, conferences and other events. 

 

PSSI Prepared Learning Unit on “Delivery Vehicles, Missile Defence and Space Security” for the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament eLearning Course

The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) contributed to the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament eLearning Course prepared by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium and funded by the European Union. In 15 different learning units, participants can be briefed on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament of both conventional and unconventional weapons, as well as the EU non-proliferation and disarmament agenda. Specifically, PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, in collaboration with Charles University’s Dr. Michael Romancov, prepared Learning Unit 8 entitled “Delivery Vehicles, Missile Defence and Space Security”.

The eLearning course can be accessed here.

Learning Unit 8 on “Missiles and Space” is here.

Learn more about the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium here.

 

PSSI Participates in the 2016 Global Maritime Forum

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, delivered a presentation on a panel entitled “The Emergence of Space-Based Capabilities for Maritime Domain Awareness” at the Global Maritime Forum (GMF), sponsored by the U.S. National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) and hosted by the Center for Collaborative Systems for Safety, Security and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) in Seattle on November 15-16, 2016. The meeting brought together U.S. government and industry experts in the fields of maritime and space operations. The panel discussed issues related to implementing policies that advance the most effective technology development and solutions. Dr. Robinson’s presentation concentrated on the role of space assets in deterrence and the risks posed to these assets during heightened maritime tensions or conflicts (e.g. South and East China Seas, the Black Sea etc.) in the context of maritime domain awareness (MDA).

 

PSSI Takes Part in “Space Crisis Dynamics and Uncertainty” Tabletop Exercise

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Jana Robinson, participated in a tabletop exercise (TTX) organized jointly by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) on November 9-10, 2016, in Washington, DC. Some 30 invited experts from government, the private sector and non-governmental entities sought to assess threats to space assets and the associated challenges to preserving a secure space environment under various geopolitical scenarios. The goal was to identify gaps in existing international and national frameworks governing space activities and raise awareness concerning the increasing threats to space operations and services.

 

PSSI Provides Global Assessment for 2016 Space Security Index (SSI) Report

Dr. Jana Robinson, PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, prepared a “Global Assessment” for the 2016 Space Security Index (SSI) report. It concentrates on the link between the worsening geopolitical situation, particularly maritime disputes, and space security, which now requires an urgent attention by the allied security communities. The article is available here. Executive Summary of the 2016 SSI report is available here.

 

PSSI Contributes to the Ploughshares Monitor

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed an article entitled “Crisis in Space: Are We Ready for a Service Disruption” to the Autumn 2016 edition of the Ploughshares Monitor (available here). A longer version of the article appears in the 2016 Space Security Index (SSI) report (see  webnews above). 

 

CSIS Senior Fellow, Tom Karako, delivers lecture on “The Future of Air and Missile Defense for NATO” at PSSI Security Scholars Program

On October 24, Tom Karako, CSIS Senior Fellow and Director of its Missile Defense Project delivered a lecture on “The Future of Air and Missile Defense for NATO” to the students enrolled in the PSSI’s Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program (RMSSP). He discussed the contribution of missile defense to deterrence, Russia’s ballistic missile modernization, the conclusions from the latest NATO Summit in Warsaw, and missile and nuclear proliferation issues, among other topics.

 

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

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. 

For more information please click here.

 

Handbook of Space Security Presented at the European Parliament

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Jana Robinson, served as a co-editor of, and author of three articles in, the Handbook of Space Security, a two-volume publication that took over three years to compile. The book provides an excellent resource on the space security portfolio for experts in the field, space policy decision-makers, as well as academic, industry, NGOs and other audiences. Since its online publication in October 2014 (printed version came out in 2015), there were over 20.000 chapter downloads almost equally distributed among individual articles.

The Handbook was presented at the European Parliament on 15 March 2016, at a gathering organized by the Kangaroo Group, demonstrating the growing interest of European decision-makers in this vital foreign and security policy portfolio. A power-point presentation from the event is available here. The welcoming remarks were delivered by Michael Gahler MEP, President of the Kangaroo Group and the meeting was moderated by Karl Won Wogau, Secretary General of the same group.

 

18th Asian Security Conference

PSSI participated in the 18th Asian Security Conference held in New Delhi on February 9-11, 2016, entitled “Securing Cyberspace: Asian and International Perspectives” organized by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses” (agenda available here). The gathering brought together Indian, European, Japanese, U.S., South Korean, Chinese, Australian and other governmental and non-governmental experts in the field of cyberspace security.  PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Jana Robinson, made a presentation, and contributed an article, to this prestigious gathering entitled “Governance Challenges at the Intersection of Space and Cyber Security”. The presentation and the paper examined considerations relevant to more effective crisis management preparedness. She argued that configuring transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs) need to be accompanied by robust crisis management, including the prospect of (often asymmetric) penalties and other responses to future crises. Taken together they provide the proper ingredients to construct an architecture for the management of sensitive space situations/incidents, as well as a credible deterrent.

Ms Robinson’s presentation is available here.

Her article is available here.

 

Annual Conference of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Jana Robinson, chaired a panel entitled “Fostering Cooperation and Non-Weaponisation of Space” at the annual international conference of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium held in Brussels on November 11-12, 2015.  The meeting (agenda available here) brought together European and other governmental and non-governmental experts in the fields of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), small arms and light weapons (SALW), disarmament issues, and space. The panel on space discussed various threats to the safety and security of outer space activities and sought to identify what common ground can be identified in seeking to establish principles and behavioral norms governing space activities. It likewise discussed most urgent priorities in the pursuit of a safe and stable operational environment in space.

You can watch video from the panel here

 

66th International Astronautical Congress

PSSI participates in the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held this year in Jerusalem. The theme of this year’s Congress is “Space-the Gateway for Mankind’s Future”. PSSI’s Space Security Director Jana Robinson contributed to the Plenary on Small Satellites. She likewise co-chaired the session on “Legal Issues of Space Traffic Management” (E7.4.) and made a presentation there concerning the status of Second Study on Space Traffic Management conducted in the framework of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). Ms Robinson, in her capacity as the IAA Corresponding Member, is part of the core team preparing the study. The session on STM was one of five sessions of the Colloquium of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) held annually at the IAC. The PPT presentation can be found in the menu on the right.

 

Presentation at the UNIDIR 2015 Space Security Conference in Geneva

In August 2015, PSSI's Jana Robinson presented at the UNIDIR 2015 Space Security Conference in Geneva. PSSI’s Jana Robinson delivered a presentation on threats to space activities and changing space security environment at the annual Conference on Space Security organized by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), in collaboration with Secure World Foundation (SWF) and the Simons Foundation, in Geneva on 24-25 August 2015. The gathering brought together representatives from various governments, including the U.S., Russia, China, and India, as well as civil and commercial entities and non-governmental organizations. The panel on “Foundational Concepts” discussed issues related to building a consensus on global space governance and sought to enrich the understanding of decision-makers concerning key challenges related to this endeavor. To read the conference program and Ms. Robinson remarks, please see the menu on the right.

 

Presentation at the annual meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium

In July 2015, PSSI’s Jana Robinson delivered a presentation on “Militarized Competition in Outer Space and the EU draft International Code of Conduct” at the annual consultative meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium. The panel on space security discussed the changing space security atmospherics and challenges presented by a more volatile global security environment. To read the agenda and PPT presentation, please see the menu on the right.