Development of a Space Security Culture: Case of Western European Union

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This paper deals with the origins of the European space security and defense effort. The main thrust of the argument in this paper runs as follows. All institutional space security and defense discussions were facilitated by an existing space security culture in Europe. This culture goes back several decades. The main institutional actor which paved the way for its creation was the Western European Union. The WEU now may has ceased to exist, but its space security culture it created remained. As such it facilitated the EU to recognize the importance of space activities in its Common Security and Defence Policy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Automatic Control, AirSpace Technology, Defence Systems & Operations SectionHellenic Air Force AcademyAthensGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Jana Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Space Security ProgramThe Prague Security Studies InstitutePragueCzech Republic

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