Recorded in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2017.
On January 11, 2007, China destroyed one of its aging weather satellites using a ground-based anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. The 2007 ASAT test, and a similar test by the United States a year later, reignited international and domestic debates over strategic stability and deterrence, space weaponization, and the potential for a space arms race. Ten years later, many of the same tensions and questions remain.
This luncheon panel discussion brought together experts to discuss the evolution of the space security environment over the last decade, and specifically the evolution and current state of the relationship between the United States and China. Panelists will provide contrasting views on the perceptions and tensions on both sides, and outline potential options and strategies the Trump Administration may take going forward.
Speakers (in order of appearance):
- Mr. Kevin Pollpeter, Research Scientist, CNA
- Dr. Brian Weeden, Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation
- Dr. Gregory Kulacki, China Project Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists
- Mr. Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
- Moderator, Ms. Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation
More details, including speaker bios and a video recording of the event, can be found at the event page on the SWF website.