An Asian Space Odyssey Civil, Military, and Commercial Space Ambitions
Due to an array of interlinked factors, space is once again the subject of considerable interest among policymakers across the Asia-Pacific. Great-power competition, diffusion of power in the international system, proliferation of technologies and reduction in barriers to entry, growing commercial interest in space exploration, and an outdated security regime have all contributed to an extremely congested and contested operating environment in that domain. At the same time, and because of many of the same reasons, space stands to receive sustained attention from nation states and private actors alike. China and the United States have both announced major space exploration programs, with the initiatives mirroring both countries’ grand-strategic orientations. In the recent past, both have also revamped their military space postures. Smaller powers like India, Japan and Russia also see risks as well as opportunities in outer space, in face of growing militarization of that domain as well as significant commercial openings.
In this edition of the DRI Monthly Report, five world-renowned experts present a comprehensive examination of the state of play, trends, and prospects when it comes to outer space. The report outlines the space orientation of major Indo-Pacific powers and examines norms and emerging capabilities – civil, military, and commercial – in that domain. The report also pays considerable attention to key issues that are likely to feed into geopolitical competition and strategic contestation back on Earth.
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- The United States’ Astrostrategic Future Malcolm Davis
- China’s Space Ambitions and Goals: Present Trajectory and Future Trends Namrata Goswami
- India, Japan, and Russia: Space Multipolarity? Victoria Samson
- Global Space Security Regime: State of Play and Prospects Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
- Military Competition, New Technologies, and Space Ankit Panda
- The Authors