EU officials debate pros and cons of giving Copernicus a security/military role

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission’s push to raise the defense and security profile of the Copernicus environment-monitoring network by adding encrypted services is still not fully defined and faces multiple challenges from current Copernicus users and the program’s already stressed budget.

Copernicus was designed and built as a civil, open-to-all network of diverse satellite sensors. By all accounts, it has been a spectacular success, with its data used worldwide.

What’s more, in the context of Europe’s new push for strategic autonomy, Copernicus is . . .

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