Technology and Strategy

The Changing Security Environment in Space Demands New Diplomatic and Military Answers

25/07/2019 | by Torben Schütz

DGAPkompakt 14 (July 2019), 7 pp.

Category: Arms Control and WMD

On the brink of being weaponized, space is becoming a military-operational environment. Proliferating anti-satellite weapons threaten space security and enable first strikes against military space assets crucial to conventional and nuclear forces. This affects the global strategic landscape and decreases crisis stability among major powers. As current arms control regimes are insufficient, Germany and NATO should push new initiatives to keep space peaceful and advance military planning should they fail.

Courtesy Ian Dudley/U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS