New progress in NATO’s space force construction

According to NATO’s official website, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg recently announced to the outside world after attending the NATO defense ministers online meeting that NATO plans to set up a “Space Center” at rumstein Air Force Base in Germany to coordinate the space operations of Member States and provide support for the military operations of the whole alliance. Once the agency is officially put into operation, it marks that NATO will abandon its previous commitment of “demilitarization of space” and accelerate the evolution of space power construction towards systematization, institutionalization and actual combat. A series of chain reactions triggered by it are bound to intensify the pace of international space arms race, and the impact on global strategic stability cannot be underestimated. According to the information disclosed by NATO at present, the “Space Center” to be established will provide support for NATO’s military operations from space mainly through the provision of communications and satellite images. At the same time, as NATO’s “coordination point for observing outer space”, the center will be responsible for coordinating space activities of NATO member states, preventing potential threats through sharing key space information and protecting their space systems. < / P > < p > regarding the exact establishment time, organizational structure and staffing of the “Space Center”, NATO officials did not disclose any more information. They only said that the center would provide more support for NATO ground operations in military communications and data transmission, and the number of personnel and facilities of the center would be gradually expanded with time. < / P > < p > the reason why NATO high-level officials regard rumstein Air Force Base in Germany as the location of “Space Center” mainly stems from two considerations. On the one hand, the base is now the headquarters of the air force of the US European Command and African command. At the same time, it is responsible for the functions of the joint air force command of NATO. Part of the U.S. Air Force forces are stationed here, and its strategic position can be seen. On the other hand, the base is located in the southwest of Germany, far away from the main strategic threat direction of NATO. NATO is able to monitor and share potential threat information while ensuring its own security to the maximum extent. At the defense ministers’ meeting, Stoltenberg made it clear that the satellites and space systems of NATO allies were under threat, and it was necessary for NATO to develop space forces, which was quite different from his statement a year ago that NATO was not committed to “militarizing space”. In terms of specific threat judgment, NATO is targeting Russia, saying that Russia is developing space weapons capable of jamming, blinding and even destroying enemy satellites, which will have a huge impact on NATO, which is highly dependent on satellites. < / P > < p > in fact, in recent years, NATO has begun to assist in the construction of space forces in a gradual way. In 2018, NATO released its first report, which is regarded as the basic idea of NATO’s future development of space power. In June 2019, NATO member states adopted the first framework space strategy. In November of the same year, NATO officially regarded space as the “fifth largest operational area” equivalent to land, sea, sky and cyberspace. < p > < p > in 2019, John Raymond, commander of the newly established US space command, expressed his strong desire to share space information with NATO and take joint action in low earth orbit, so as to form a deep political and security interest binding with NATO member states, and increase the difficulty and cost of adversaries’ confrontation with the United States in the era of great power competition. < p > < p > from the perspective of NATO, the major member states represented by Britain, France and Germany have different emphases on space power construction. Britain tends to enhance the support capability of satellite system to joint forces; Germany values the role of private capital in promoting its own space cause; France focuses on the shaping of space situation awareness and active defense capability; and France has always pursued an “independent” policy in the field of defense, which will largely influence its judgment on the construction of NATO’s space force Judgment and attitude. From the external point of view, NATO’s practice of actually changing the judgment of “space demilitarization” is bound to trigger protests and dissatisfaction from Russia and other countries outside the region. Russia will accelerate the upgrading of its weapons modernization level and maintain its asymmetric competitive advantage against NATO. In essence, a series of actions of NATO violate the basic consensus of the international community on the peaceful use of outer space and the avoidance of militarization of space. In a disguised form, it promotes the development of space arms race in the direction of openness, battlefield and weaponization, and is not conducive to global strategic stability. Continue Readinggather and watch! Huawei P40 Pro evaluation: excellent mobile phone photography elegant design, do you like it?