Since Defence IQ launched the inaugural Space Operations Summit in 2019, NATO has approved its first space policy and recognised space as an operational domain. These developments emphasise that the outcome of future multi-domain operations will depend on NATO’s ability both to generate capability in space and to leverage space-based capabilities across the joint environment.
Space Operations 2020 offers a platform for military space professionals, joint-space users, aerospace leaders and space SMEs to translate space concepts into robust capabilities. The conference is also committed to enhancing dialogue on the space industrial base and to enabling the agile acquisition processes that can rapidly and iteratively build capability in NATO’s newest warfighting domain.
The workshop and opening plenary sessions acknowledge that our ability to operate in and from space depends on improved access to space. For the military user, that means leveraging partnerships with commercial launch service providers to generate a reliable, affordable and repeatable launch capability. Only through improved access to launch can defence effectively build capability in space, enhancing SSA, improving resiliency for space-based systems and fielding small-sat development.
Last, but just as important, the programme will look at the delivery of effect from space. As multi-domain thinking continues to mature, it is vital that we consider how to integrate space capabilities and effects with forces operating in the air, on land, at sea and in cyberspace.
Monica Y. Manning
Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer
Major General E G Whyte
Nigerian Defence Space Administration
Captain (N) Lars Schumann
Concepts Branch Chief
European Union Military Staff
Dr John Robson
Deputy Chief, NGA Support Team - US Space Command
US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (Tentative)
JISR, Space SME
NATO Communications and Information Agency
Space Situational Awareness - Project Technical Authority, Space & Sensing Systems Group, Cyber & Information Systems (CIS) Division
Strategic Engagement Division
US Space Command
Dr Xavier Pasco
Dr Jana Robinson
Space Security Program Director