Officials from Donald Trump’s administration have now announced that the US will formally withdraw in six months from the Open Skies Treaty. The viability of multilateral confidence- and security-building measures is called into question.
The argument over the UK’s post-Brexit role in the Galileo satellite network has led to broader discussions of the UK’s role as a space power. Yet, of equal importance is what this episode tells us about Europe’s long-term space ambitions.
The announcement by the Ministry of Defence of a forthcoming Defence Space Strategy paper shows recognition of the threats posed to the UK’s space-enabled military capabilities. The question is how much the strategy will add to understanding the UK’s role as a space power.