Space

  • Global Commons

    Japan boosts surveillance capabilities in response to North Korea’s spy satellite launch

    Marc Jacob Prosser North Korea’s recent deployment of a spy satellite has stirred geopolitical tensions and raised security concerns for Japan and its partners, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida describing the launch “as a clear violation of the relevant United Nations resolutions.” In the wake of Pyongyang’s launch, Japan sent a surveillance satellite into orbit in mid-January 2024. Tokyo…

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    South Korea bolsters defense satellite capabilities, deterrence against North

    Felix Kim South Korea is enhancing its military communications capabilities and monitoring of the North Korean regime’s nefarious activities with a recent agreement to enable the use of low Earth orbit (LEO) civilian communications satellites for military purposes and the launch of Seoul’s first domestically developed surveillance satellite. The new capabilities, which included assistance from the United States, promise to…

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    Global concern over PRC’s space militarization drives push for new rules

    Maria T. Reyes As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to threaten assets in the space domain with antisatellite capabilities and other technologies, nations including Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States are calling for governing standards for the use of space. Tokyo and Washington also are collaborating to deter PRC militarization of space. “In addition to the…

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    India’s moon landing, arms deals signal new ambition

    Mandeep Singh India, the world’s largest democracy and, as of 2023, its most populous country, is pursuing a set of ambitious programs, policies and defense partnerships as illustrated by two recent developments: the nation’s historic moon landing and its expanding arms cooperation with partners such as France and the United States. In August 2023, India became the first country to…

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    U.S. exploring potential space force hotline with PRC

    Reuters The United States Space Force has had internal discussions about establishing a hotline with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to prevent crises in space, Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, the force’s commander, said in late September 2023. The chief of space operations said a direct line of communication between the Space Force and its PRC counterpart would be valuable…

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  • Features

    Modern Militaries, Reinforced Alliances

    FORUM Staff Technology is strengthening militaries tasked with maintaining security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. Rapidly modernizing nations are transforming arsenals with advancements from cutting-edge aircraft and game-changing submarines to unmanned vehicles, space awareness tools and cyber defense upgrades. Meanwhile, security partnerships are encouraging scientific cooperation among like-minded militaries, and leaders are relying on the power of regional alliances to…

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  • Across The Region

    U.S. Forces Expand Space Unit in South Korea

    U.S. Forces Korea launched a new space forces unit in December 2022 as allies South Korea and the United States ramp up efforts to counter North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile threats. U.S. Space Forces Korea is an overseas component of the U.S. Space Force and is tasked with detecting and tracking incoming missiles, as well as bolstering the military’s…

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    South Korea invests in space defense education programs

    Felix Kim South Korea is increasing its focus and investment on space, prioritizing education for its service members on areas involving space defense. “We are reviewing the establishment of a ‘joint space education course’ to foster space experts in terms of jointness in consideration of the increase in space power and the development of space organizations,” the Joint Chiefs of…

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    Apollo legacy helps inspire Artemis program

    FORUM Staff It has been more than 50 years since astronauts first visited the moon. That 1972 mission, Apollo 17, capped the “space race” won by the United States over the then Soviet Union on July 20, 1969, when two Apollo 11 astronauts stepped onto the barren moonscape. The ongoing Artemis program, which entails five missions around and to the…

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    Japan, partners explore space collaboration

    Marc Jacob Prosser After North Korea’s failed attempt to launch a spy satellite triggered an emergency alert in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, the Japanese and United States defense chiefs met in Tokyo in early June 2023 to discuss strengthening military cooperation with South Korea. The three nations plan to share real-time data on Pyongyang’s missile launches. North Korea test-fired an unprecedented…

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