The two week exercise aims to train Allied personnel in planning a large joint operation to defend NATO territory. Enabling the exercise, the NATO Space Centre has been a key part of the exercise, coordinating with member States to maximize available space services and products.
Space situational awareness offers benefits to commanders in all operational domains. That is why improving our procedures and processes to operate effectively with the NATO Space Centre was a key exercise objective
NATO Space Centre Director, Lieutenant Colonel John Patrick, said that space threats are increasing and could be hugely disruptive. "NATO is identifying a wide range of threats to the freedom of access and use of space by all Allies," he added. "There are numerous malign actors who could disrupt satellite services, interfering with the daily use of our banking systems and mobile phone systems, as well as affecting military networks. It's vital that we train to defend against these threats," Lieutenant Colonel Patrick concluded.