The defense agencies of the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. have signed an agreement aimed at bolstering operational space cooperation and data exchange among the four nations, DoD News reported Tuesday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes the combined space operations program allows the U.S. and its partner nations to access shared situational awareness of space platforms that support their military operations worldwide.
The countries’ defense organizations also seek to collaborate on satellite launch and reentry evaluations, force support and contingency planning through the CSpO initiative.
“As space becomes more congested and contested, it is imperative that we work together to ensure we preserve access,” said Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command.
Douglas Loverro, deputy assistant defense secretary for space policy, said the program will work to help each participating nation maximize its strategic advantage in space through the use of technology.
“Coalitions and partnerships represent a necessary step within national security that increases transparency, strengthens deterrence, improves mission assurance, enhances resilience and optimizes resources across participating nations,” Loverro added, according to Pellerin’s article.