DoD Agrees to Share Space Data with South Korea
DoD Agrees to Share Space
Data with South Korea
DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – September 5, 2014 – The Defense Department has signed a memorandum
of understanding to share space situational awareness data with South Korea’s
Defense Ministry, Pentagon officials said today.
The accord provides South Korea's air force with
higher-quality and more timely space information tailored for its specific
purposes in exchange for satellite-positional and radio-frequency information it
will provide to U.S. Strategic Command, the DoD agency responsible for space
situational awareness, officials said.
Douglas L. Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for
space policy, and Maj. Gen. Chang Kyeong Seok, the South Korean Defense
Ministry’s director general of policy planning, signed the memorandum Sept. 2 on
the sidelines of the Space Cooperation Working Group.
"Cooperating with international partners to develop coalition
approaches to space is a priority for the Department of Defense," Loverro said.
South Korea joins five nations and many other organizations already
participating in space situational awareness data sharing agreements with DoD.
Peaceful use of space
By signing the memorandum, Chang said, the South Korean
Defense Ministry and the DoD have come to participate in the efforts of
international community for the peaceful use of space. “This opportunity will
strengthen the [U.S.-South Korean alliance] through increasing the level of
space cooperation between both nations’ armed forces.”
Such agreements enhance multinational space cooperation and
streamline the process for DoD partners to request specific information gathered
by Stratcom's Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in
California, DoD officials said. The information is crucial for launch support,
satellite maneuver planning, support for on-orbit anomalies, electromagnetic
interference investigation, satellite decommissioning activities and on-orbit
conjunction assessments, officials added.
"These space situational awareness data sharing agreements
allow us to expand partnerships and enable information sharing in the
increasingly congested, contested and competitive space environment," said Navy
Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Stratcom’s commander. "These agreements ultimately protect
our capabilities by enhancing spaceflight safety and preventing potentially
catastrophic orbital collisions."
Douglas L. Loverro
Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney
U.S. Strategic Command
Special Report: U.S. Strategic Command
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