Australia as a Space Power: Combining Civil, Defence and Diplomatic Efforts

Author name: 
Cassandra Steer
Publisher: 
The National Security College
Year: 
2021
Month: 
May
Abstract: 

Space is a critical strategic domain for Australia’s civilian and military interests but is increasingly congested, contested and competitive.

Major powers are engaged in a destabilising space arms race – China, Russia and the United States have rejected the strategic restraint that kept space a stable political and military domain.

As a ‘middle space power’, Australia has the capacity to encourage responsible behaviour in space.

In this Policy Options Paper, Dr Cassandra Steer explores the important question of how Australia should approach the space domain in the years ahead, in pursuit of national interest objectives.

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