Space Security

Dr. Robert. G. Williscroft, a Sci Fi adventurer, and author of the book, Slingshot, participates in Risk Roundup to discuss Space Security.


Since the beginning of use of scientific times, nations use of space was more of a demonstration of science and technology superiority than anything else. While this technology demonstration was a means to gain global prestige and power, that is no longer the case today, as the space technology is effectively being used as a foundation to build systems that are vital to nations economic survival and sustainability.

Space is now a contested common. It has become a vital part of most nations economic infrastructure. Almost every nation today has their satellites in space or have a stake in space or are trying to have a stake in space. Use of space has now entered a phase where nations and all its components, not only depend on it for its national security and telecommunications, but also for many other systems for all kinds of advances for its governments, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). As a result, the relevance of space to the survival of humanity is increasingly becoming self-evident.

Due to connected computers, computer code and internet, today, the cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) are interconnected, and the interconnected CGS world is dependent on the space infrastructure. As the CGS systems evolve further; along with geospace and cyberspace, the space will also be exposed to additional strategic competition, security vulnerabilities and even conflict. The reliance of the current and emerging CGS systems on space is so profound that only a few hours of space-based asset disruption by hackers or space warfare could crash the financial markets and systems, causing billions of dollars in losses. This could very well endanger human survival.

While space assets provide the technological backbone for critical infrastructures across cyberspace, geospace and space, it is important to evaluate whether:

  • we have the security infrastructure that is essential
  • the current and emerging technological change influence the global power dynamics
  • nations or any of its components (government, industries, organizations and academia) are prepared for the impact of potential space age
  • there will be a proper balance of space security and space growth for all nations
  • governments role in the emerging space age is clear
  • space debris problem can be managed
  • space weaponry can be effectively managed
  • we can prevent geo-politicization and weaponization of space
  • we have effective governance of space

Space security and sustainability needs to be a priority for everyone. It is time to focus on space security.

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About the Guest

Robert G. Williscroft, PhD is a polar explorer, submariner, deep-sea diver, scientist, businessman, author of several published books and hundreds of articles, and a life-long adventurer. He served twenty-three years in the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). His life is an ongoing adventure with worldly experiences including (but not limited to) having spent 22 months UNDERWATER on nuclear submarines, 13 months at the geographic South Pole conducting atmospheric research, 3 years’ shipboard in the arctic, and 1 year shipboard on the equator conducting ocean floor studies! He has written extensively on terrorism and space related subjects.

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Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
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Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

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