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04 19 2024

NCI Agency experts attend space symposium

From 8 to 11 April 2024, the NATO Communications and Information Agency's (NCI Agency) space team attended the 39th Space Symposium in Colorado, United States.

The NCI Agency's Space Technology Adoption and Resilience (STAR) team provides technical expertise and strategic advice on space technologies for the benefit of the Alliance. STAR's work directly supports NATO missions and operations through designing space-based services and fostering their integration into multi-domain operations. Space is essential to NATO's defence and deterrence as a new operational domain and can support in a wide range of ways: intelligence gathering, force navigation and tracking, beyond line-of-sight communications and missile launch detection.

NCI Agency experts attend space symposium
Photo credits: Space Foundation.

"Space sits at the heart of modern military operations," emphasized Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) General Philippe Lavigne during his speech at the Space Symposium. "Whoever controls this domain controls the highest ground and the flow of information, and therefore holds the advantage."

The Space Symposium attracted more than 10,000 attendees from over 40 countries, representing military, civil and commercial space stakeholders. The STAR team engaged with industry to understand the latest advancements of technologies in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, satellite communications and space situational awareness, with the aim of increasing NATO's space domain awareness and space security.

NATO participants had a dedicated booth within the exhibition halls to facilitate dialogue with industry leaders and foster collaboration opportunities. This comprehensive presence demonstrated NATO's growing focus on space and its commitment for international collaboration in this critical domain. It was also a good opportunity to meet with the leadership of NATO's space community and discuss progress and future of the NATO space domain implementation plan.

On 29 and 30 April 2024, NATO will host its own space symposium in Toulouse, France. The NCI Agency Chief Technology Officer, Antonio Calderon, and Head of STAR, Laryssa Patten, will attend the two-day event.