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Taking North Korea’s Space Program Seriously


The George C. Marshall Institute and the revived website have published a short essay by me on the long-term implications of the recent North Korean satellite launch.

The main points:

  • North Korea’s satellites are becoming more advanced.
  • The North Korean space program has been around for a while, and is here to stay for quite some time to come.
  • The space program certainly began as a flimsy cover for Pyongyang’s ballistic missile program, but has now taken on a life of its own.
  • Nevertheless, the evolving North Korean space program will further drive the ballistic missile program.
  • Finally, North Korea has notched a propaganda victory over South Korea, who, despite its advances in every other sector, has failed to launch its own satellite despite nearly a half-billion dollars spent over the past ten years on its indigenous launch program.



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Emerging Space Powers: Menace or Advantage?

Emerging spacepower

My friend and associate Torsten Kriening of Kriening International interviewed me on the subject of emerging space powers for the latest edition of the Middle Eastern trade publication SatelliteProME.

The topic of emerging space powers and their strategic implications doesn’t receive anywhere near the attention it deserves, despite the recent launch of the North Korean Kwanmyongsong-3 satellite, as well as the recent announcement by the Maldives that they are looking to acquire a communications satellite.

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