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Paris again

Jeudi 25 septembre 2014 : 14h – 18h
L’ILERI présente en partenariat avec Polarisk Group, Les cahiers de l’IPSE, APECS France, Le Cluster Polaire :


Directeur Général @ ES2
Chercheur associé, spécialiste des conflits hydriques @ Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

Spécialiste de l’ours polaire, photographe, vidéaste, auteur de nombreux ouvrages sur l’Arctique
Directeur Général @ Pôles d’Images

Journaliste @ NRK Troms-Finnmark (Norvège), contributeur IFRI,
Auteur de “The Satellite War” (2012)

Professeur de géopolitique, spécialiste de l’Arctique Russe
American University of Paris / ILERI

Océanographe polaire, spécialiste en communication scientifique
Présidente & co-Fondatrice @ APECS France

Président & co-Fondateur du biohackerspace “La Paillasse”
Doctorant en biologie synthétique @ iSSB-CNRS

Consultant en intelligence économique
Doctorant en géopolitique, spécialiste des relations russonorvégiennes @ Université Paris-V

co-Fondateur du Cluster Polaire Français
Associé, spécialiste des risques juridiques @ POLARISK Analytics Membre du comité Arctique, EURODÉFENSE

Géographe spécialiste de l’Euro-Arctique @ POLARISK Mapping
Auteur, “La Triangulaire Diplomatique: Danemark-Groenland-UE”

Consultant junior @ POLARISK Analytics
Etudiant M2 @ ILERI

Modérateur: MIKÅ MERED
Directeur Général @ POLARISK Group, co-fondateur @ Cluster Polaire Français
Chroniqueur @ Eye On the Arctic, Membre de l’American Polar Society

Places limitées.

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A presentation

A presentation of my book, The Satellite War, at conference in Santa Barbara, California spring 2014:


At political meeting in Sweden


Four hours in plane and 14 hours
on the road for a 40 minute presentatation.

This weekend I did for the first time a lecture about my book The Satellite War for a conference set up by a political party. Vänsterpartiet is a left ving party with support from 10% of the population in Sweden. The meeting were in Degerfors 200 km west from Stocholm, were the mayor represents Vänsterpartiet
Among the participants were high profile political Swedish people like Jan Myrdal.
Read about Myrdal

Busy week

I take seven days off from my work as a journalist for the biggest mediahouse in Norway, NRK

I am not going on a holiday. I am not relaxing at my home. At the time being I would have liked to be at home, for instance zipping coffee, listen to music.

I am eating small, dry biscuits and drinking water which I and the crowd which now should be packed onboard a Boeing 747, jumbojet which I get from stewardeses also waiting to be onboard heading for Los Angeles. Delay at a crowded and busy airport Shiphol in Amsterdam.

This week I will do two lectures based on my book The Satellite War. The first will be for an audience opposing militarization of space with participants from England, Sweden, India, Japan and other countries in Santa Barbara, two hours drive north of Los Angeles. Space for Peace

There is a reason why the conference is at this location. It’s close to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Vandenberg give a US radar in Norway every day tasks to look for over Russian territories, and is important for attack on foreign satellites. In these days the radar, Globus II, is of special importance because of Ukraine. Vandenberg is one of the main bases for space warfare in the world. I will not take part in demonstrations. I am a journalist, not an activist.

When I will return from US, I will relax one day, then drive 24 hours back and forth with car to attend the biggest event for investigating journalism in Sweden Gräv 2014 Look forward to meet other journalists with this interest.
Do I do this for money? Absolutely, no. Do I do this for making a career? No. There are other reasons. You can read my book online now

Global conference I will attend in California


The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space (GN) will hold its 22nd annual space organizing conference in Santa Barbara, California, located near Vandenberg space warfare base on March 14-16. The GN is made up of 150 peace and religious groups around the world who are working to oppose the development of a new arms race in space. The theme for the conference will be Vandenberg’s Role in US Global Domination: Implications of US ‘Pivot’ into the Asia-Pacific.

Vandenberg AFB plays a key role in Pentagon military satellite launching, testing nuclear missiles, and most recently as a deployment site for so-called “missile defense” interceptors. Increasingly the US military is aiming at the Asia-Pacific region as the Obama announced ‘pivot’ of 60% of Pentagon forces moves to encircle China.

The conference weekend will begin with a protest at Vandenberg AFB at 4:00 pm on Friday, March 14. A public forum will be held on March 15 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara at 7:00 pm.

GN Coordinator Bruce Gagnon stated, “For years there have been peace protests outside Vandenberg AFB with many people arrested for their non-violent witness. GN members are coming from all over the world to honor and encourage these dedicated local citizens. We will share our deep concerns about current US plans to ‘control and dominate space’ and the Pentagon’s pivot into the Asia-Pacific.”

The GN has long maintained, having studied the Space Command’s Vision for 2020 planning document, that space domination was ‘necessary’ in order for full corporate control of everything. With resources declining around the planet corporations are using Pentagon space-directed surveillance and targeting to ensure their control. The public, facing growing cuts in social spending, are paying for these costly military space programs.

Dave Webb, National Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK, said, “We are coming from England and other countries to support the groups who are concerned about the role of Vandenberg in aggressive, destabilizing and dangerous military projects such as ‘missile defense’. Far from being defensive, these systems are part of a strategy involving the possible use of nuclear weapons without having to worry about retaliation. The US has so much to offer the world – but the defiling of the Pacific Ocean and its peoples through this expanding militarism is shameful.”

Each year the Global Network holds its space organizing conference in a different part of the world. Last year the group met in the ‘high north’ of Sweden, where the US and NATO are creating a space surveillance and testing center. People will come to the March 14-16 Santa Barbara events from Norway, Sweden, England, Canada, Japan, India, South Korea, and from throughout the US.

10 books to Space Center

esrangeI was critical when head of media relation at Esrange Space Center in Kiruna in Sweden, Anders Jörle, said the base is of minor importance for military units in different countries. We met at a global conference in Kiruna june last year. Since then Anders Jörle has read my book, The Satellite War, and quite clear learned a lesson. Now he has ordered 10 more books for employees. Today books are the way to Sweden!

German satellite for intelligence and warfare


Many have been shocked by revelations of U.S. military surveillance of the internet. But military surveillance is becoming more extensive and advanced in many areas. Germany in recent years has built up its own satellite surveillance that downloads data in the Arctic in violation of international law.

It was the German military experiences of the Kosovo war it was decided that Germany should have its own satellite-based intelligence information. The United States has strong restrictions on sharing satellite intelligence with other countries, and therefore did Germany got no to the question of access to U.S. satellite intelligence. German military units said this put the German soldiers’ lives in unnecessary danger, and it was decided that Germany should have their own satellites. Now U.S. buy satellite surveillance from Germany.

Imagine that you want to scan the globe with an Earth observation satellite. Which path of the satellite is best to created images of all the earth? The best path is a fixed orbit over the North Pole and South Pole. As known Earth rotates around its own axis in the course of a day, and satellite covers new areas each time it goes around the Earth. The satellite uses about 90 minutes around the Earth. Thus, satellites produce images from all regions of the world within 24 hours. It was decided to go for polar-orbiting satellites.

The problem was getting the downloaded data from the satellite to military facilities in Germany because satellites can not communicate directly. They are dependent on download stations just below the satellite to transmit data. It is only possible cliose to the North Pole. On a group of islands between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard, Norway and the United States have worked together to build a satellite station that can take the data from all 14 satellite passes over the North Pole in 24 hours. No other satellite stations in the world can do it. German satellite interests want Svalbard.

Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean belonged to no country until 1920. As part of the Versailles negotiations after World War I it was signed an international agreement on the archipelago, giving Norway sovereignty, but with some clear limitations. The archipelago should be used for peaceful purposes and could not be used for war purposes. For this reason, the Norwegian authorities refused the first application of the German satellite TerraSAR-X, built in a partnership between the German Aerospace authorities, DLR and EADS Astrium private company GmbH. TerraSAR-X produces images using a radar and is not dependent on sunlight to create images. It can create images with one meter resolution of areas with thick cover or areas that are in complete darkness.

The United States has no separate radar satellites and U.S. military intelligence has entered into an agreement to purchase images from the TerraSAR-X. After German pressure on the Norwegian Foreign Ministry did TerraSAR-X permission to download data on Svalbard. The German RapidEye satellittsystement – which consists of five satellites – loads data on Svalbard, and sells data to the U.S. Military Intelligence National Geospational-Intelligence Agency.

Arctic has become important for global military surveillance from space. It is not only in relation to internet military surveillance is becoming more extensive and advanced.