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Maritime Strategy and Space Research and Network Development

In 2019 research into theory and use of maritime strategic concepts to strategic space theory, space warfare and defense space policy was authorised. This research led project aimed to explore fundamental questions to strategic space theory including its historical and contemporary relationship with maritime strategic concepts. Elsewhere the project identified the requirement to further debate on the topic and create a network of professional thinkers with an interest in the field.


  • To research the history of maritime strategic thought in relation to space.
  • Explore and test the contemporary relevance of maritime strategic concepts to strategic space theory.
  • Develop and output research related to key questions on strategy in space with a maritime model.
  • Aims to provide the ideal platform to develop research and networking thinkers across a broad multi-disciplinary base.
  • Support the development of a new strategic thinking community for space.
  • Support the development, trial and testing of maritime strategic concepts in wargames for space warfare and strategic space theory.


  • Run a series of events open to King’s staff, students, professionals and the public to learn more about defense in space and maritime strategy.
  • Journal and scholarly outputs per the aims of the project.
  • Support the creation of digital network of professionals using the latest digital tools.
Project status: Ongoing

Principal investigators


James W.E Smith

PhD Candidate


  • Funding body: King's College London and Affiliates
  • Amount: Undisclosed
  • Period: July 2019 - January 2023
  • Funding body: King's Global Research Grant
  • Amount: Undisclosed
  • Period: July 2019 - January 2023


  • maritimestrategy
  • wargaming
  • seapower
  • naval
  • navies
  • spacewarfare
  • spacepolicy
  • defencespacepolicy
  • strategicspace
  • strategy
  • space
  • spacedoctrine