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Marshall Institute Launches Series to Consider Space Exploration March 21, 2014

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The Marshall Institute is hosting two events in the near future to consider the rationale and means for human exploration of the Moon and other celestial bodies.  Details at: http://marshall.org/events/human-settlement-in-space-the-moons-challenges-and-opportunities/ & http://marshall.org/events/human-settlement-in-space-bases-in-near-space/

Russian Missile Modernization March 21, 2014

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Video of the Marshall Institute’s March 19 discussion of Russia’s missile and nuclear modernization efforts.

A Pacific Space Age?: U.S., Japanese, and Chinese Perspectives on Space March 21, 2014

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On March 11, Heritage Foundation hosts discussion of Asian space issues featuring:

The Honorable Katsuyuki Kawai, Member, Japanese House of Representatives

Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

John Sheldon, Ph.D., Research Fellow, George C. Marshall Institute

Russian Missile Modernization Event on March 19 March 14, 2014

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As the Ukrainian crisis intensified, Russia launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) as part of a regularly scheduled test.  While Russia’s planned test was known in advance by the U.S., the test was a symbolic demonstration of Russian military prowess during a time of acute international tension.

Russian efforts to improve its ballistic missile arsenal long predate the Ukrainian crisis.  In 2012, Madelyn Creedon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, in her statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned that:

“Like the United States, Russia will have to limit the number of strategic warheads it deploys to comply with the 1,550 limit of the Treaty. This limit will constrain Russia as it modernizes its strategic nuclear delivery systems with the deployments of several substantially MIRVed new strategic missiles, including the MIRVed Yars ICBM, new Borey-class missile submarines carrying 16 MIRVed Bulava SLBMs, and, in the event it is deployed during the life of the Treaty, a planned new ‘heavy’ ICBM to replace the SS-18 that will almost certainly carry several MIRVs.”

On March 19, 2014, the George C. Marshall Institute will host a discussion to review Russian missile modernization efforts, the implications for U.S. security, and responses to this growing threat.

As the principal nuclear threat to the United States, Russia’s activities to improve the quality of its arsenal have significant implications for our own nuclear modernization and missile defense plans, while also raising concerns about treaty violations.

The event will feature presentations from:

  • Dr. Mark Schneider, Senior Analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy; and
  • The Honorable Paula DeSutter, formerly Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation

To register, call 571-970-3180 or email info@marshall.org

Position, Navigation, and Timing: Value of Space to the Warfighter March 14, 2014

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The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies continues its educational breakfast seminars entitled “The Friday Space Group: The Value of Space to the Warfighter” on Capitol Hill with a discussion focusing on the topic of position, navigation, and timing (PNT).

Maj Gen Robert D. McMurry Jr., Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, will introduce our three feature speakers:

Colonel Harold W. “Stormy” Martin, Deputy Director, National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, Washington, D.C, will provide an overview of GPS, the Economic, Civil and International contributions to PNT;

Colonel William Cooley, Director of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Program Office, will discuss current and projected GPS programs;

Major Joseph Thomas, US Army, PNT Requirements for USAF A3/5, and will review the importance of GPS to the warfighter.

The George C. Marshall Institute is sponsoring the series by providing video recording services.

For more information, visit:

http://www.afa.org/mitchellInstitute/home/

http://www.marshall.org/

Intel Threat Assessment Summarizes Counterspace Threats January 30, 2014

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James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, summarizes Counterspace threats to the U.S. in the annual threat assessment:

 

COUNTERSPACE

Threats to US space services will increase during 2014 and beyond as potential adversaries pursue disruptive and destructive counterspace capabilities. Chinese and Russian military leaders understand the unique information advantages afforded by space systems and are developing capabilities to disrupt US use of space in a conflict. For example, Chinese military writings highlight the need to interfere with, damage, and destroy reconnaissance, navigation, and communication satellites. China has satellite jamming capabilities and is pursuing antisatellite systems. In 2007, China conducted a destructive antisatellite test against its own satellite. Russia’s 2010 military doctrine emphasizes space defense as a vital component of its national defense. Russian leaders openly maintain that the Russian armed forces have antisatellite weapons and conduct antisatellite research. Russia has satellite jammers and is also pursuing antisatellite systems.

 

Document at http://www.odni.gov/files/documents/Intelligence%20Reports/2014%20WWTA%20%20SFR_SSCI_29_Jan.pdf

HASC Hearing to Consider China and Space Security Matters January 27, 2014

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On January 28, the HASC will hear testimony on China’s space security efforts as well as the implications for the U.S.  

Institute Director Dr. Robert Butterworth will appear before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on January 28 to discuss space security issues.

Joint Hearing on the People’s Republic of China’s Counterspace Program and the Implications for U.S. National Security

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

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Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Witnesses

Dr. Robert L. Butterworth
President, Aries Analytics, Inc.

Mr. Michael Krepon
Co-Founder/Senior Associate, The Stimson Center

Dr. Ashley J. Tellis
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 
Permalink: http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/2014/1/joint-hearing-on-the-people-s-republic-of-china-s-counterspace-program-and-the-implications-for-u-s-national-security

Japan Testing Active Debris Removal Approach January 17, 2014

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Japan is testing a technique to address the space debris issue, see http://news.yahoo.com/japan-scientists-test-tether-clear-space-junk-105907197.html.

 

China Tests a Hypersonic Missile Vehicle January 16, 2014

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Reports abound about a recent test of a hypersonic missile vehicle by China (see this Defense News piece as an example – http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140115/DEFREG03/301150044?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter).

 

New Version of the Code of Conduct November 11, 2013

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A new version of the European Union’s Code of Conduct is available at http://eeas.europa.eu/non-proliferation-and-disarmament/pdf/space_code_conduct_draft_vers_16_sept_2013_en.pdf.

A more detailed assessment is forthcoming, but the basic question remains: why is this necessary?  A voluntary, non-binding agreement does little (really, nothing) to address the most pressing questions facing space security and those actions needed to address best practices in space are better addressed in other fora.

 

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