The growing 'securitization' of outer space

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Discussions of space security tend to recurrently return to the vexed issue of the ‘militarization’ and ‘weaponization’ of outer space. Debate over whether or not a sustainable definition can be maintained between these two concepts has been a feature of both academic and policy discourses, and has been particularly contentious with regard to new proposals for arms control in outer space. Yet, this paper argues, the militarization/weaponization debate fails to capture to vagaries of contemporary space policy with regard to understandings of ‘security’, and is in this sense an insufficient way of approaching the subject of space security in the first instance. Instead it is now more accurate to say that outer space is becoming ever more ‘securitized’: that is, access to space is now commonly framed as crucial to the military, economic and environmental security of leading states and international organizations.
Translated title of the contributionThe growing 'securitization' of outer space
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205 - 208
Number of pages4
JournalSpace Policy
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


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