PSSI Washington (PSSIW) is dedicated to advancing achievable policy solutions to adversarial challenges in the space security portfolio. Established in 2010, the Space Security Program, has been especially active in identifying key threats to space operations and creating effective and innovative response tools for policy-makers.
PSSIW recognizes that space-related assets are essential for the economic well-being and geopolitical security of U.S. and allied societies. The compromising of space-derived services via attacks on satellites, ground stations, or links, could trigger a cascading effect with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Presently, the Institute is seeking to help develop contingency planning and responses to space hybrid operations. It is likewise offering a creative policy option of economic and financial (E&F) cross-domain penalties associated with space-related disruptions and/or attacks for integration into allied pre-crisis planning and management.
Since 2010, PSSIW has been at the forefront of the space security debate. In partnership with the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), PSSIW initiated in 2011 what is now regarded as the foremost NGO international conference series (among the U.S., Europe and Asia) in this field worldwide. There have been four such large conferences to date.
Together with the European Space Policy Institute (the sole think tank of the European Space Agency) and the Prague Security Studies Institute, PSSI Washington helped produce the first-ever non-governmental space security conference for senior U.S., European and Japanese space policy officials and experts in June 2011, entitled, “Space Security through the Transatlantic Partnership.” In October 2013, PSSI Washington convened its second space security conference in Tokyo with the generous sponsorship of the Prime Minister’s Office of National Space Policy, entitled, “Strengthening Space Security through a Trilateral U.S. – Europe – Japan Partnership.”
In June 2016, a third gathering entitled, “Advancing the Trilateral U.S.-Europe-Japan Space Security Partnership,” that was co-sponsored by the Prague Security Studies Institute and the Secure World Foundation. Most recently, an event was co-organized with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in March 2017, entitled “Space Security: Issues for the New Administration.”
In 2015, PSSI Washington also helped configure and structure a graduate course entitled, “Space Security in the 21st Century”, taught within the curriculum of Charles University’s Masters Degree Program in International Security Studies. It is likewise seeking to fund an already approved Ph.D. scholarship in Space Security at Charles University.