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U.S. Department of Defense

December 15, 2021

DoD hosts Combined Space Operations Initiative Principals Board

The Department of Defense hosted the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative Principals Board at Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 7-8 with counterparts from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to steer national security space cooperation.

During the event, defense leaders continued to advance shared understandings of responsible uses of space, opportunities to improve interoperability of space systems, and collaboration between space operations centers. CSpO Principals Board Participants reiterated their nations' strong concerns about Russia's destructive November 15 debris-generating anti-satellite test.

Participants also stressed the importance of the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on reducing space threats through norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviors, and look forward to working with the community of spacefaring nations to establish norms of responsible behavior in space, to include norms that would make clear that destructive tests are irresponsible.

Participants from the U.S. included Mr. John Hill, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy; General John "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations; General James Dickinson, Commander, United States Space Command; and Dr. Christopher Scolese, Director, National Reconnaissance Office.


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