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Is Space the New Cyber? UK Dependencies and Vulnerabilities

16 January 2019, 9:00
RUSI Whitehall
This year's RUSI Space conference will develop the conversation with a wider audience beyond the traditional space and defence sector, and build knowledge across the government/industry enterprise.

Conversations about space across the UK government are dominated by the military and industry.  Despite broad agreement across other government departments on the importance of space, there seems to be little understanding over vulnerabilities between their work and space dependencies.

This is strange when space-based communication and services are critical to much of business-as-usual across government departments, as well as being fundamental requirements for contingency response, commercial operations and the UK prosperity agenda. Importantly, but not widely acknowledged, space is also a key element of Critical National Infrastructure.

Yet despite the UK Space Policy published in 2017, there is an absence of anything beyond a broad set of disparate policy goals. Coherence and understanding across government is severely lacking.

As well as outlining the space threat landscape, this conference will also provide an opportunity to explore current understanding of dependencies, vulnerabilities and solutions.

Speakers will include:

  • Colin Armstrong, Head of Space Security Policy, UK Space Agency
  • Dr Bleddyn Bowen, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Leicester
  • Ms Katherine Courtney, KCourtney Business Innovation & Strategy, and former CEO UK Space Agency
  • Dr Stuart Eves, Space Consultant
  • Standard: £850
  • Corporate Member: £600
  • Government/Military: £500
  • Academic: £400
  • Student: £75

For more information please contact Alexandra Stickings,

Conference Manager

Allana Howard
Venue and Events Manager

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