As the authorization of a U.S. Space Force is getting closer, the tension regarding “space arms race” is getting more attention


Gen. Raymond: “Having a Space Force with a singular focus on the space domain will be hugely, hugely helpful to us [….] There’s a lot happening and it’s really an important time for the security of our nation.”

Nowadays, the militarization of space is seen as a fait accompli, but space has yet to become weaponized, and therefore, the process is still reversible.

What are the incentives and goals of each actor in this current space arms race?

In our new paper, Zeev Shapira and I offer a new categorization of nations operating in space by their technological capabilities and political aspirations.
This division reflects a broader range of interests and different approaches to the weaponization of space among the various countries. 

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