The space landscape is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. The rapid development and proliferation of space technology, led by a vibrant and diverse global industry made up of traditional defence contractors, philanthropists, new space companies and start-ups, gives NATO and its partners new opportunities to enhance their individual and collective space capabilities to support and enhance global and theatre multi-domain operations.
However, the space domain is no longer benign as it once was. The exponential growth of civil, commercial and military space actors has created a highly congested and, now, contested environment which presents global allies with myriad strategic, operational and tactical challenges not just in space, but in air, at sea, and on land.
At the precipice of this technological space revolution, and against the backdrop of new threats that threaten national and global security, military and government leaders are developing new strategies that will enable them to outpace their adversaries and build a innovative, sustainable, resilient space enterprise for the future. The inaugural ‘Space Operations Summit’ will provide the vehicle through which these issues can be explored, within and across political, military and industrial alliances, and assist the decision-making process by engaging subject matter experts in this dynamic defence space community ahead of the publication of NATO’s first Space Policy in the June 2019.