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Space is essential to NATO's defence and deterrence

• North Atlantic Treaty Organization

The Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Lieutenant General Scott Kindsvater started the meeting by introducing NATO's approach to space, highlighting NATO's newly agreed space policy:  "In June this year, Defence Ministers agreed NATO's first-ever space policy. They recognized that space is part of our daily lives, and while it can be used for peaceful purposes, it can also be used for aggression. Satellites can be hacked, jammed, or weaponised. Anti-satellite weapons could cripple communications. It is therefore important that we are vigilant and resilient – also in space".

The Deputy Chairman then passed the floor to General John Raymond, Commander of the US Space Command who provided a detailed briefing on ongoing activities. The United States had a Space Command from 1985 until 2002 when it was dissolved. The command was re-established in August and will focus on the protection of US space assets and strengthen the military's posture in space. "Space has become a vital domain that is critical to the nation's security and economy and is no longer a benign environment. Though this command we will get better space intelligence by working more closely with foreign allies, with the US intelligence community and with commercial companies. 

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Comment by Ed Price
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Space is way more essential to NATO for keeping people enslaved. All that NATO is doing is well inside the Van Allen Belts. We don't get to outer space until we are beyond the Van Allen Belts. And Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and others are on the verge of taking us out beyond the Van Allen Belts. But they won't be able if NATO keeps us trapped inside. Freedom and safety Government says. But where does Government ever give us freedom and safety once they have freed us? Freedom and Safety by Government is really freedom to be THEIR slaves rather than the slaves of real freedom.

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