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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 is the 7th Ranked Think Tank in Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia)

16.02.2020

We are pleased to report that the Prague Security Studies Institute was ranked as the 7th top Think Tank in Central and Eastern Europe according to the latest global “Go To Think Tank Index”. The Index is produced by The Think Tanks ... more »

PSSI Contributes to the 2019 Debating Security Plus Report

13.02.2020

PSSI contributed to the Friends of Europe’s 2019 Debating Security Plus Report, which gathers experts’ insights on peace, security and defense. PSSI Space Security Program Director, Jana Robinson, contributed to the section on “Space: ... more »

Launch of a New Project Focusing on Western Balkans

29.01.2020

A kick-off workshop took place in Belgrade on January 27-28, 2020, to launch a new project titled “Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Ways Forward in Analyzing External Actors’ Influence.” This is a follow-up project that aims to build ... more »

New Study on Cyber Security and the Financial Sector in the Czech Republic

15.01.2020

The Prague Security Studies Institute has published a new study focusing on cyber security in the financial sector.  The aim of the report is to demonstrate the latest legislative and regulatory developments in the field of cyber security ... more »

Dr. John P. Stopher Joins PSSI as Senior Fellow

09.01.2020

PSSI is pleased to announce that Dr. John Stopher, former Principal Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force for Space, has joined the Institute as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Stopher will provide expertise on American policy, planning, strategy and ... more »

Frank Asbeck Joins PSSI as Senior Fellow

09.01.2020

PSSI is pleased to announce that Frank Asbeck, former Principal Advisor for Space and Security Policy at the European External Action Service, has joined the Institute as a Senior Fellow. Mr. Asbeck will provide expertise concerning the space policies ... more »