Military Capabilities

EU countries want only defensive militarisation of space

23 January 2020

Key Points

  • The EU and its member states oppose the uncontrolled militarisation of space
  • France is setting up a space command and Italy is considering doing so

EU and national officials say there must be no ‘wild west’ militarisation of space, even as Europe’s national armies prepare to defend their space assets from the ground and space if necessary.

“Space is essential for the efficacy of modern armies, while its strategic aspect is undeniable,” Belgian foreign and defence minister Philippe Goffin told the European Space Conference in Brussels on 21 January. “But we remain opposed to the militarisation of space.”

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