European Military Space Capabilities: A Primer

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CDI Director Theresa Hitchens and Tomas Valasek, former director of the World Security Institute's Brussels office, provide a unique look at Europe's burgeoning military space programs in their latest publication on European security and space policy, “European Military Space Capabilities: A Primer.” Traditionally a region that concentrates on civil and commercial space applications, this comprehensive guide shows how Europe’s collective and national space projects with military capabilities have grown considerably over the years.

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Theresa Hitchens: Editor of Defense News from 1998 to 2000, Hitchens has had a long career in journalism, with a focus on military, defense industry and NATO affairs. Her time at Defense News included five years as the newspaper's first Brussels bureau chief, from 1989 to 1993. From 1983 to 1988, she worked at Inside Washington Publishers on the group's environmental and defense-related newsletters, covering issues from nuclear waste to electronic warfare to military space.

She has had a long interest in security policy and politics, having served internships with Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, and with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. Most recently, she was director of research at the British American Security Information Council, a think tank based in Washington and London.

Besides her duties as CDI director, Hitchens leads CDI’s Space Security Project. The author of “Future Security In Space: Charting a Cooperative Course,” she also continues to write on space and nuclear arms control issues for a number of outside publications. She serves on the editorial board of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and is a member of Women in International Security and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Tomas Valasek: Tomas Valasek is the director of the Brussels office. Valasek is the editor and co-author of “The ‘Easternization’ of Europe’s Security Policy" (IVO-CDI, September 2004) and “Growing Pains: The Debate on the Next Round of NATO Enlargement” (CDI, June 2002). He has contributed articles to numerous newspapers and journals, including The Wall Street Journal, Jane’s Defence Weekly and Defense News. Valasek is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.

Before heading the Brussels office, Valasek worked as senior European analyst in the Washington, DC office of the Center for Defense Information. He received his MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a BA in journalism from the University of Georgia; he also studied at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia; the University of Grenoble, France; and the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Valasek is a native of Slovakia and has published in leading national newspapers and magazines such as SME and Domino Fórum. He serves on the editorial board of Bezpeènostné analýzy (Security Analyses), works as a defense and foreign policy analyst for the Czech language edition of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and guest-lectures at the Comenius University in Bratislava.

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