Space

  • Global Commons

    Indo-Pacific Allies, Partners condemn North Korean spy satellite launch attempt

    FORUM Staff The rocket explosion that ended North Korea’s latest effort to launch a spy satellite means the authoritarian regime has failed in three of its four attempts to put a military satellite into orbit. After two failed attempts delivered only international embarrassment in 2023, North Korea finally launched a spy satellite late that year, though experts have cast doubt…

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  • Global Commons

    South Korea, U.S. accelerate space cooperation amid missile threats

    Damin Jung South Korea and the United States are expanding their initiatives to shape military cooperation in the space domain. The longtime allies’ move comes amid growing threats in the region, including North Korea’s first successful spy satellite launch and its increasing illegal exchange of weapons and resources with Russia, officials said. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korea’s…

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  • Features

    Space Defense Partnerships

    APOGEE STAFF Starting with Australia in 2013, the United States Department of Defense (DOD) has signed deals with more than 30 nations to share information about what’s up there circling the Earth. These space situational awareness (SSA) agreements, written in carefully crafted legal language, typically address space launches, avoiding collisions and objects dropping out of orbit. But the enduring value…

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  • Across The Region

    Allies Look to Boost Tracking of North Korean Missiles

    The Republic of Korea (ROK) and United States militaries want to bolster their combined tracking of North Korean missile launches, an effort that also may involve Japan, U.S. Space Force officials said in August 2023. The allies see space integration as key to tracking North Korean threats and responding to a conflict. The U.S. Space Force component in South Korea,…

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  • Global Commons

    South Korea launches second reconnaissance satellite amid tensions with North Korea

    The Associated Press South Korea recently launched its second reconnaissance satellite, days after North Korea reaffirmed its plan to launch multiple spy satellites in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the reconnaissance satellite, which launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, entered orbit and communicated with an overseas ground station. With the early April…

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  • Features

    Alliances and Partnerships

    Dr. Alfred Oehlers/Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Photos by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS We often hear that alliances and partnerships are a vital asset. These relationships distinguish the United States from its competitors. They also confer decisive advantages, especially at crucial moments. As the U.S. faces future challenges, it likely will again turn to Allies and Partners for…

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  • Global Commons

    Japan’s rocket launch, moon landing boost space ambitions

    Felix Kim Japan further elevated its status as a spacefaring nation with the launch of its next-generation H3 rocket in mid-February 2024 and by becoming the fifth country to achieve a lunar landing a month before. The milestones support Japan’s strategic objectives, including in defense, by showcasing technological prowess and contributing to a deterrence posture in space. Japan’s Smart Lander…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Keen Edge 24 sharpens Australian, Japanese and U.S. defense skills

    FORUM Staff Australian Defence Force (ADF), Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and United States military personnel strengthened joint operational capabilities, refined command and control procedures, and enhanced interoperability during Keen Edge 24. Participants in the early February 2024 command post exercise, part of an annual bilateral series that alternates with Keen Sword field training exercises, used computer simulations to rehearse…

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  • 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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  • Global Commons

    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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