The recent execution of chemical attacks by Moscow, Damascus and Pyongyang for diverse purposes may not only suggest that the prohibitive power of international conventions is now fading away, but also signals the emergence of a new class of states who can deploy a credible chemical threat.
Finding, striking, jamming, blocking, sustaining, and generally being disruptive, are all now realistic outputs from UAS. Given these multiple potential and proven uses for UAS even by non-state actors, the military conversation has very much moved on to how to counter them.
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.