RUSI held its 20th Missile Defence and Space Conference on 26 and 27 February 2020, at which issues around space as an operational domain were integrated into the programme for the first time. The immediate catalyst for this has been the proliferation of conventional threats to time-sensitive targets, the strains that these threats will place on traditional missile defence architectures, and...
Governments and military planners are obsessed with how much leverage adversaries can exert with coercive measures that don’t risk all-out war. But to win in the ‘grey zone’ requires being proactive, and defining its limits.
The competition between NATO and Russia is not going the Alliance’s way. Russia has encircled Europe and divided the Alliance. How odd then that NATO is in such a self-congratulatory mood on its 70th anniversary.
50 years on from the first lunar landing, the Moon is once again taking centre stage in international space ambitions. Yet, within a more democratised and complex space environment, and with Mars and other celestial bodies seen as additional exploratory targets, talk of a new ‘space race’ may be misplaced.