JensStoltenberg: NATO creates a new space center in Germany
North Atlantic Alliance Establishes New Command Space Center At An Air Base In Germany To Defend Its Operations Against Russia And China&# 160;
The main tasks of the new NATO space center will be to coordinate space activities of allies, support the mission and operations of the alliance from space, including through communications and satellite images, as well as protect space systems of allies by exchanging information on potential threats, the Alliance Secretary General said. Jens Stoltenberr.
The Alliance Secretary General announced the creation of a new command center on Thursday, October 22, after the end of the first day of the two-day meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers.
«What happens in space matters a lot to what we can do on Earth – telecommunications, navigation, mobile phones, military communications, data transmission. Many activities on earth – on the sea and on land – depend on capabilities in space, not least from satellites, – Jens Stoltenberg noted during a press briefing. – This is important for our civil society, but also, of course, for military capabilities. So we need to make sure we have safe and reliable systems in space.».
«We also ensure that NATO missions and operations are supported from space, including communications and satellite imagery. Therefore, when we operate in Afghanistan or in Kosovo, or we have a forward presence in the Baltic states […], then, of course, these NATO operations – air patrol, naval missions – depend on information, images and communications that are delivered from space vehicles», – he also added.
According to the Secretary General of the alliance, the allies are concerned about the development of Russia and China, which, among other things, can blind or destroy satellites, which «will have a serious impact on both the military and civilian activities of the allies on the ground».
The new NATO space command center will be located at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. This will allow the members of the alliance to rely on existing knowledge and developments and gradually expand the new center, the Secretary General of the alliance noted..
In addition to Russia’s space exploration, NATO allies are concerned about the country’s growing nuclear arsenal, including new missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons..
«This serious problem is growing in scale and complexity.», – said Jens Stoltenberg. He added that the Allies adhere to «a comprehensive package of political and military responses», also by strengthening its air and missile defense systems and strengthening its conventional weapons capabilities. Including, the allies of the alliance acquire the American Patriot anti-aircraft missile system and fifth generation fighters.
«We also ensure the safety, reliability and effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent, including through annual nuclear deterrence exercises., – added the Secretary General of the alliance. – At the same time, NATO allies remain fully committed to arms control and disarmament».
Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the progress between Russia and the United States in reaching agreements on the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START III), which expires in February 2021.
«In recent days, we have seen progress in this direction, and this can only be welcomed, since we should not find ourselves in a situation where we do not have a treaty regulating the number of nuclear weapons.», – he noted.