European Space Sector Gets Defensive

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Officials representing the European Union are now publicly advancing the use of EU space assets, including the Galileo satellite-based navigation system, for military purposes. Galileo has traditionally been touted as a purely civil, purely nonmilitary system, but times and circumstances are changing.

There is no doubt that the word ‘security’ has always had a home in the Galileo presentation, but there are really two very different topics that can be understood to fall under that heading.

First we have ‘Galileo security’ in the sense of the security of the system itself. Galileo has clearly and rightly been recognized as an important strategic asset for Europe, so its own security has been a fundamental concern as the system has materialized. The job of making Galileo secure falls to the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

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  • Date: 2019-03-14T19:55:32-05:00
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  • Date: 2019-03-14T11:10:00+02:00
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