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Future of French Space Security Programs

  • Jean-Daniel TestéEmail author
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Abstract

Our Western societies are increasingly dependent on space systems. These have become essential to many daily activities as well as to strategic activities of prime importance. In an international context that is currently particularly troubled, their security becomes a major issue. France has been interested in the subject for several years and has developed unique space surveillance capabilities in Europe. These means, precursors 30 years ago, must today be modernized and adapted to current risks and threats. This technical evolution will have to be carried out in coherence with a doctrinal evolution based on simple and global principles. In regard to the costs of such technical changes, the evolution shall be considered within a wide European cooperation considering that finally EU sovereignty will be largely reinforced by these systems.

References

  1. République Française, The French White Paper on Defence and National Security 2008 (Le Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale), 17 June 2008Google Scholar
  2. République Française, French White Paper on Defence and National Security 2013 (Le Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale), 29 April 2013Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OTA (l’Observation de la Terre Appliquée)PeujardFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Christina Giannopapa
    • 1
  1. 1.European Space AgencyParisFrance

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