14 July 2008

Towards a military Galileo?

On the 10th of July the European Parliament adopted a report by Karl Von Wogau, Security and Defence Subcommittee Chair. The report underlines "the necessity of Galileo for autonomous European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) operations, for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), for Europe’s own security and for the Union's strategic autonomy". The point is that European Union is concerned about a military Galileo and about the weaponisation of space. But something is changing: the discussion on a military Galileo is not a taboo any more. Wogau proposed to use Galileo for a ballistic missiles launch early-warning system. The involvement of the European Parliament in space relate issues and in the Galileo programme is constantly growing. The debate is open...