Source: United States Space Force

Authors: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Published Date: Thu, 09 May 2024 20:45:00 GMT

Summary: General Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force, delivered a keynote address in Canberra, Australia, emphasizing the strong U.S.-Australia partnership in space operations. He highlighted the importance of maintaining freedom and peaceful commerce in the Pacific, and the growing challenges in the congested and contested space domain. Saltzman underscored the need for comprehensive space domain awareness, improved sensors, and international cooperation to avoid operational surprises and negate first-mover advantages in space conflicts. He introduced the Space Force’s “Competitive Endurance” theory, focusing on long-term deterrence and responsible counterspace campaigning to maintain stability without escalating conflicts. The speech also touched on the significance of the AUKUS agreement, particularly its second pillar involving advanced defense technologies, and the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) project. Saltzman praised the enhanced space cooperation agreement between the U.S. Space Command and Australian Defence Space Command, as well as the Combined Space Operations Initiative (CSpO), which has expanded to 10 member nations. He also announced a major reform in U.S. space classification policy, aimed at improving information sharing with allies and commercial partners. The address concluded with a call for continued collaboration and a tribute to the strong leadership and teamwork between the U.S. and Australia in advancing shared values in space.

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