Galileo : a closer look at the security and defence implications of the European Global Navigation Satellite System

Güney, C. (2008) Galileo : a closer look at the security and defence implications of the European Global Navigation Satellite System.

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Abstract:At the end of the 1990s, Europe realized the need to develop an independent satellite navigation system named after the renowned thinker Galileo Galilei. The civilian nature of Galileo and its prospective economic and social benefits have been strongly emphasized by the European authorities right from the outset vis-à-vis the military controlled/operated US GPS and Russian GLONASS. However, as a potential dual use system, Galieo also has a security and defence dimension since Europe, upon its completion, will possess a capability comparable to GPS that has revolutionized modern warfare. Amidst the disagreements surrounding the system’s characteristics and the failure of its financing structure, the EU managed to secure a deal and decided to go ahead with Galileo in November 2007. While the significant delay from the original schedule in the face of the GPS modernization programme raises questions over the project’s commercial viability, the EU, for the first time, officially acknowledged the potential military use of Galileo in May 2007. Galileo will have implications for the CFSP, ESDP, and the EU-US-NATO relations. International involvement in the project adds further complexity to the debate with regard to the EU’s position in world affairs. This study explores the depths of the European GNSS project from a security and defence perspective and analyzes to what extent Galileo could influence the global standing of the EU within this context.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/58840
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