No.43 - Space systems supporting security and defence ; a new European approach
The Air and Space Academy has consistently voiced firm support for European cooperation in defence systems programmes, provided that an efficient organisational structure is set up to manage such programmes. Space systems to meet defence and security requirements are not weapons programmes in the traditional sense since they involve setting in orbit space systems that are shared between participants. Their development through European cooperation should thus be simpler, and yet the many failed attempts in the past thirty years prove the contrary.
The present dossier endeavours to analyse this situation and puts forward recommendations for an entirely different approach to future space assets for defence and security aimed at facilitating decisions and optimising synergies resulting from the European industrial mergers in the last few years.