Articles Tagged: People's Republic of China (PRC)

Limit Military Command Of Spy Satellites: Butterworth

When Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work unveiled what we are now, unfortunately, calling the JICSPOC, there were many many questions and few answers. Among the most important questions was: if spy and military satellites are being flown and monitored from the same place and a satellite appears to be under attack, who will command — the Intelligence […]

China, Talk and Cooperation in Space

At the end of June, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, in the course of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, agreed to establish “regular bilateral government consultations on civil space cooperation.” Neither the purpose of these consultations nor the topics they will cover was immediately clear. The U.S. […]

World Insight 08/04/2015 China’s GPS

Dr. John Sheldon, Executive Director of the Marshall Institute, discussed China’s Global Positioning Satellites on CCTV’s World Insight program. The video is available at

Is the U.S. Negotiating a Secret Space Arms Control Agreement?

Republicans may be about to take the reins in the Senate but that doesn’t mean the administration is warming up its diplomatic muscles to cooperate and compromise with the Upper Chamber. Instead, it may look for ways it can push its agenda while avoiding Congress altogether. At least that’s what it appears to be doing […]

A Pacific Space Age and Implications for the U.S.

Institute Fellow Dr. John Sheldon appeared at a Heritage Foundation event on March 11 discussing Japanese, Chinese and American space policy and the strategic implications they hold for the future.

Robert Butterworth: Statement for Joint Committee Hearing Subcommittees on Strategic Forces and Seapower and Projection Forces

On January 28, 2014, Institute Director Dr. Robert Butterworth testified before a Joint Hearing on the People’s Republic of China Counterspace Program and the Implications for U.S. National Security, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces & Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. His testimony is attached as a PDF document.

Assuring Space Support Despite ASATs

A year ago, China destroyed one of its own satellites in a test of an anti-satellite system (ASAT). This test prompted sharp commentary and numerous recommendations on how to react. A year later the direction of the U.S. response remains shrouded in the mists of classified programs and secret information. Nevertheless, the public defense budget […]

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