UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace Speech at Defence Space Conference 202018 November 2020
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace talks about transforming in the new Space Age.
Good afternoon, it’s a great pleasure to speak to you at the end of what has clearly been a fascinating and wide-ranging conference.
The variety of speakers – over 45, from the UK and overseas, and military and civilian sectors, as well as academia and private industry – shows just how important space is, right across today’s society.
Such importance risks dependence and vulnerability, but it also creates opportunity and offers advantages.
That is why the Prime Minister has such a clear vision for the UK as a Great Science power, with credibility and ambition in Space at its heart. This conference has demonstrated how defence will play a central part in achieving that vision.
We’ve heard from the Chief of the Air Staff about modern society’s dependence on space services.
And we have been reminded how our adversaries are increasingly seeking to weaponise space.
In recent years more countries have used Anti-Satellite weapons.
Earlier this year, alongside the US Chief of Space Operations, I called out Russia’s aggression in orbit.
But space ...