Escalation and Deterrence in the Second Space Age

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On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first human-made object to orbit the Earth. Precisely 60 years later, space-faring nations face a much different space environment; one that’s more diverse, disruptive, disordered, and dangerous. Today’s space domain presents a number of asymmetries that differ from other domains, creating a specific deterrence environment with unique policy implications.

Escalation and Deterrence in the Second Space Age, a new report by the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, discusses the evolution of space as a contested domain, the changing threats to U.S. space systems, deterrence theory and its applications to the space domain, and findings from a space crisis exercise administered by CSIS last year.



To learn more about this study and hear from a panel of space security experts, check out the Escalation and Deterrence in the Second Space Age webcast.

Todd Harrison
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Aerospace Security Project and Defense Budget Analysis
Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson

Former Deputy Director and Fellow, Aerospace Security Project

Zack Cooper

Thomas G. Roberts