NATO SPACE OPERATIONS: The Case for a New NATO Center of Excellence

Author
Col. Paul A. Tombarge
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Abstract
There is no doubt current North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operations depend extensively upon space capabilities and, given NATO trends towards ballistic missile defense, precision, reach-back, communication, and maximum flexibility, the use of space is only likely to increase in the future. In 2012, NATO’s Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC) put forth a broad framework for a NATO space policy. JAPCC originally developed the proposal and provided it to Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Space Integrated Project Team, known colloquially as the Space IPT.1 While the Space IPT subsequently decided to suspend its efforts on the policy front, development of a NATO space policy is still worthy of continued investigation.
Topic
NATO, Military Strategy, Space, International Community
Political Geography
United States, Europe, North Atlantic, North America