Enhancing NATO's Space Capabilities
“Knowledge and understanding” are the foundational enablers to gain a correct and robust Space Awareness. NATO is lacking space structures, space expertise and it is still far from approaching an educational roadmap which will provide guidelines to Allied nations in order to generate and qualify space personnel. Space products are becoming more and more crucial for our operations, but our war fighters (and not only them) lack the knowledge and expertise to exploit these products.
Every time we acquire a new aircraft/system we start a new educational & training program and this process should be applied to space too: it would be impossible to “fight without knowing how to use your weapons or equipment”.
If NATO wants to enhance its capabilities in this field, we should immediately start building and improving our International and National SpET programmes and define new military roles, structures and requirements.
Analysing the NATO environment, exploring, evaluating and outlining common factors among all Allies' initial space capabilities and/or programs, focusing on Space Education & Training (SpET), the project will provide a“Blueprint” with an educational program and recommendations in order to identify essential priority actions which will guide NATO and Allied Nations in creating new space structures and SpET facilities.