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April 30 Dinner - Preventing Space Pearl Habors

On April 30, NPEC hosted a dinner seminar on how to prevent "space Pearl Harbors." The dinner featured presentations by Brian Chow, an independent policy analyst; Josh Hartman, Managing Partner of Renaissance Strategic Advisors and Board Member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation; and Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning at the Secure World Foundation.

Apr 30, 2018

On April 30, 2018, NPEC held a dinner seminar on "Preventing Space Pearl Harbors."

Late last year, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission warned that China is developing co-orbital systems, which "involve a satellite already in orbit being deliberately maneuvered to collide with another satellite, dock with an uncooperative satellite, or detonate a small warhead in the vicinity of a satellite." These spacecraft, which China began launching in 2016, could be placed in orbit during peacetime and quickly repurposed in a crisis to threaten US satellites, giving the United States no time to mount any defense. In addition, last year Russia maneuvered one of its Luch satellites within 5 kilometers of a critical Intelstat communications satellite.

Could these dual-use spacecraft ultimately result in a space Pearl Harbor? Is the current National Security Space Strategy adequate enough to deal with this threat, given that these spacecraft will be deployed by the early 2020s? What can be done now in terms of space policy, programs, diplomacy, and arms control to prevent a space Pearl Harbor?

Watch the videos below to see NPEC's panelists discuss these questions and more. The seminar featured presentations by Brian Chow, an independent policy analyst; Josh Hartman, Managing Partner of Renaissance Strategic Advisors and Board Member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation; and Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning at the Secure World Foundation.

Brian Chow
Independent Policy Analyst


Josh Hartman
Renaissance Strategic Advisors & US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation


Brian Weeden
Secure World Foundation

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and university professors about proliferation threats and possible new policies and measures to meet them.
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