Threats From Out of This World
Zack, Chris, and Melanie get together to discuss the latest Space Threat Assessment report from the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS. People all over the world are ever-more dependent on assets in space for normal activity in their daily lives, but there are few rules of the road in place to manage space behavior. Will it be possible to develop a system of cooperation that allows for freedom of movement in space but also protects the economic and national security of all countries? Should we be concerned about the rapid growth of private satellites and related equipment in space? Secretary of Defense Austin said that “Space is already an area of great power competition.” Given the interests of China, Russia, and the United States in space, are we heading into a space arms race?
Chris has an attaboy for a thrilling victory at the Kentucky Derby, Zack remembers a friend who has departed too soon, and Melanie doubles down on America.
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- Robert Manning and Peter Wilson, “The Coming Anarchy in Outer Space,” The National Interest, April 24, 2022.
- Christopher Preble, “Covert Wars, To What End?” War on the Rocks, August 7, 2019.
- “80-1 Long Shot Rich Strike Wins Kentucky Derby,” ESPN, May 8, 2022.
- Sheila A. Smith, “Honoring Toshihiro Nakayama,” Council on Foreign Relations, May 9, 2022.