Does NATO have a space advantage? [Report]

It has not escaped the attention of NATO’s potential competitors that space is now one of the Alliance’s key domains

How vulnerable is NATO space infrastructure? 

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NATO members and partners increasingly depend on space-based assets to deliver joint operations, particularly when operating far from the home base.

Orbiting satellites and their associated ground infrastructure have enabled military power to be projected over vast distances but have also opened up key vulnerabilities that could be exploited by peer competitors such as China and Russia.

Ahead of the Space Operations Summit taking place on 28 – 30 May in London, Defence IQ delved into the development of potential adversaries’ capabilities and how that impacts NATO members and partners.

Are satellites vulnerable to anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons? Shutterstock

What will you learn?

  • What is the current space threat environment, and how is
    this informing current joint military doctrine?

  • How NATO is setting out specific national strategies that will influence policy decisions going forward to ensure the safety of space infrastructure?

  • How Russia and China have been developing a suite of counter-space weapons capabilities, including EW to deny, degrade, and disrupt?

  • The ramifications of anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons

  • The four ways in which space technologies can be compromised?