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The Space Domain and NATO Operations; a Critical S&T Review

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28/06/2019

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​Inescapably, NATO has become critically dependent upon space capabilities and services to conduct the Alliance’s missions and related responsibilities in a responsive and efficient manner.

For many years the Science and Technology Organization’s (STO) Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel has fostered activities that enhance Science & Technology (S&T) knowledge in NATO in support of resilient space operations (SCI-229, - 238, -248, - 268, -275, -308, -309).

Nonetheless, it has been nearly five years since space experts from across the Alliance congregated for SCI-268 to develop a comprehensive shared awareness of NATO’s future needs for space capabilities.  Not only did SCI-268 provide a basis for promoting a shared awareness, it also identified important and appropriate technical investments for NATO to consider initiating in its collaborative program of work (CPoW) under the stewardship of the STO.

From 25 to 27 June the SCI Panel conducted a Research Specialists’ Meeting (RSM) entitled (SCI-318) The Space Domain and NATO Operations; a Critical S&T Review, to once again re-establish a shared awareness amongst space experts from across the Alliance and to assure that work done by the Alliance’s space professionals is coherent with NATO needs and requirements, even if not explicitly stated through official documents. 

The SCI-318 RSM was hosted by the Italian Army Education & Training Command and School of Applied Military Studies in Turin, Italy.  The attendees consisted of 65 participants from 11 nations representing government, industry and academia.  Keynote speeches were provided by Lieutenant General Giovanni FUNGO, Commander of the Army Education and Doctrine Command (Italy) as well as Dr. Ezio BUSSOLETTI, Area Coordinator for Space and Aerospace, National Program for Research, Ministry of Education and Research (Italy).

Participants began the 3-day RSM by touring aspects of Turin’s space industry, Thales Alenia Space as well as ALTEC S.p.A. (Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company).  Then, during the remaining two days, the participants developed a comprehensive shared awareness of NATO’s future needs for space capabilities and identified important and appropriate technical investments for NATO to consider undertaking in its CPoW.

The output of this specialists meeting will serve, in part, as a roadmap for future NATO STO space-related activities, demonstrations, field trials and experiments. The technical content of this activity can support training and education on the space domain as well as provide a contributing basis to future NATO space support requirements that can guide its member nations in their planning, acquisition and implementation of space solutions and capabilities to be shared throughout the Alliance. The ultimate exploitation goal is the achievement of resilient, effective, efficient and affordable capabilities as well as the effective operational application of those capabilities throughout the Alliance.

The pre-released meeting proceedings of SCI-318 will be made available in the coming weeks.  Please direct any comments or questions to the SCI Panel Office:  Lt Col Ryan SNIDER (ryan.snider@cso.nato.int) and Ms Carlotta ROSSI (carlotta.rossi@cso.nato.int). 

Image caption:  Participants of the SCI-318 Research Specialists’ Meeting (Turin, Italy)

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​Inescapably, NATO has become critically dependent upon space capabilities and services to conduct the Alliance’s missions and related responsibilities in a responsive and efficient manner.

For many years the Science and Technology Organization’s (STO) Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel has fostered activities that enhance Science & Technology (S&T) knowledge in NATO in support of resilient space operations (SCI-229, - 238, -248, - 268, -275, -308, -309).

Nonetheless, it has been nearly five years since space experts from across the Alliance congregated for SCI-268 to develop a comprehensive shared awareness of NATO’s future needs for space capabilities.  Not only did SCI-268 provide a basis for promoting a shared awareness, it also identified important and appropriate technical investments for NATO to consider initiating in its collaborative program of work (CPoW) under the stewardship of the STO.

From 25 to 27 June the SCI Panel conducted a Research Specialists’ Meeting (RSM) entitled (SCI-318) The Space Domain and NATO Operations; a Critical S&T Review, to once again re-establish a shared awareness amongst space experts from across the Alliance and to assure that work done by the Alliance’s space professionals is coherent with NATO needs and requirements, even if not explicitly stated through official documents. 

The SCI-318 RSM was hosted by the Italian Army Education & Training Command and School of Applied Military Studies in Turin, Italy.  The attendees consisted of 65 participants from 11 nations representing government, industry and academia.  Keynote speeches were provided by Lieutenant General Giovanni FUNGO, Commander of the Army Education and Doctrine Command (Italy) as well as Dr. Ezio BUSSOLETTI, Area Coordinator for Space and Aerospace, National Program for Research, Ministry of Education and Research (Italy).

Participants began the 3-day RSM by touring aspects of Turin’s space industry, Thales Alenia Space as well as ALTEC S.p.A. (Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company).  Then, during the remaining two days, the participants developed a comprehensive shared awareness of NATO’s future needs for space capabilities and identified important and appropriate technical investments for NATO to consider undertaking in its CPoW.

The output of this specialists meeting will serve, in part, as a roadmap for future NATO STO space-related activities, demonstrations, field trials and experiments. The technical content of this activity can support training and education on the space domain as well as provide a contributing basis to future NATO space support requirements that can guide its member nations in their planning, acquisition and implementation of space solutions and capabilities to be shared throughout the Alliance. The ultimate exploitation goal is the achievement of resilient, effective, efficient and affordable capabilities as well as the effective operational application of those capabilities throughout the Alliance.

The pre-released meeting proceedings of SCI-318 will be made available in the coming weeks.  Please direct any comments or questions to the SCI Panel Office:  Lt Col Ryan SNIDER (ryan.snider@cso.nato.int) and Ms Carlotta ROSSI (carlotta.rossi@cso.nato.int). 

Image caption:  Participants of the SCI-318 Research Specialists’ Meeting (Turin, Italy)

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Participants of the SCI-318 Research Specialists’ Meeting (Turin, Italy)

Inescapably, NATO has become critically dependent upon space capabilities and services to conduct the Alliance’s missions and related responsibilities in a responsive and efficient manner.

For many years the Science and Technology Organization’s (STO) Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel has fostered activities that enhance Science & Technology (S&T) knowledge in NATO in support of resilient space operations (SCI-229, - 238, -248, - 268, -275, -308, -309).

Nonetheless, it has been nearly five years since space experts from across the Alliance congregated for SCI-268 to develop a comprehensive shared awareness of NATO’s future needs for space capabilities.  Not only did SCI-268 provide a basis for promoting a shared awareness, it also identified important and appropriate technical investments for NATO to consider initiating in its collaborative program of work (CPoW) under the stewardship of the STO.

From 25 to 27 June the SCI Panel conducted a Research Specialists’ Meeting (RSM) entitled (SCI-318) The Space Domain and NATO Operations; a Critical S&T Review, to once again re-establish a shared awareness amongst space experts from across the Alliance and to assure that work done by the Alliance’s space professionals is coherent with NATO needs and requirements, even if not explicitly stated through official documents. 

The SCI-318 RSM was hosted by the Italian Army Education & Training Command and School of Applied Military Studies in Turin, Italy.  The attendees consisted of 65 participants from 11 nations representing government, industry and academia.  Keynote speeches were provided by Lieutenant General Giovanni FUNGO, Commander of the Army Education and Doctrine Command (Italy) as well as Dr. Ezio BUSSOLETTI, Area Coordinator for Space and Aerospace, National Program for Research, Ministry of Education and Research (Italy).

Participants began the 3-day RSM by touring aspects of Turin’s space industry, Thales Alenia Space as well as ALTEC S.p.A. (Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company).  Then, during the remaining two days, the participants developed a comprehensive shared awareness of NATO’s future needs for space capabilities and identified important and appropriate technical investments for NATO to consider undertaking in its CPoW.

The output of this specialists meeting will serve, in part, as a roadmap for future NATO STO space-related activities, demonstrations, field trials and experiments. The technical content of this activity can support training and education on the space domain as well as provide a contributing basis to future NATO space support requirements that can guide its member nations in their planning, acquisition and implementation of space solutions and capabilities to be shared throughout the Alliance. The ultimate exploitation goal is the achievement of resilient, effective, efficient and affordable capabilities as well as the effective operational application of those capabilities throughout the Alliance.

The pre-released meeting proceedings of SCI-318 will be made available in the coming weeks.  Please direct any comments or questions to the SCI Panel Office:  Lt Col Ryan SNIDER and Ms Carlotta ROSSI

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