Canadians key in enhanced international collaboration in the Space domain

Three men, two in military uniforms and one in a civilian suit, pull a cloth off of a large, colourful round crest (resting on a easel) showing a winged tiger holding a globe.
(From left) Air Commodore Terry Van Heren, Royal Australian Air Force air attaché from the Embassy of Australia in the United States; General Jay Raymond, commander of the Air Force Space Command; and Brigadier-General Kevin Whale, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Director of Space, unveil the crest of the new Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California on July 18, 2018. PHOTO: Dave Grim, USAF, 180718-F-WA228-1513

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By Second Lieutenant Kathleen Soucy

A new Combined Space Operations Centre (CSpOC) was stood up at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on July 18, 2018, acknowledging and advancing decades-long cooperation in space among the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Lieutenant-Colonel Alain Dallaire, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, has been appointed as the first Combined Deputy Director of the CSpOC. His primary roles are to improve integration of partners into operations, strategy and planning, as well as to direct and synchronize space support to global operations.

“I’m proud to be representing the RCAF as the first Combined Deputy Director of the CSpOC and humbled to have been selected for this position. I believe that my appointment is representative of our contribution and our mission within the space domain as well as the great relationship that we have with our allies and partners”, said Lieutenant-Colonel Dallaire.

The CSpOC is the result of the transformation of the Joint Space Operations Centre (JSpOC).

The transition to a new combined center will improve coordination with allies, and commercial and civil partners, at a particularly important time when space capabilities have become an essential bulwark for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations.

As outlined in Canada’s new Defence Policy Strong, Secure, Engaged, “maintaining interoperability in space with key partners and allies is critically important to the success of our operations”. The Combined Space Operations Center (CSpoC) is a means to further collaboration in this critical area in the defence of Canada and to continue to promote Canada’s national interests on space issues and the peaceful use of space.

The RCAF’s Brigadier-General Kevin Whale, Director General Space, attended the ceremony with his counterparts from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

“I’m glad that we are marking the establishment of an ever-more collaborative organization for the conduct of space operations in support of combined objectives,” he said. “The CSpOC is an important step forward towards the creation of a unity of effort in the space domain.”

The CSpOC’s goals include improving space mission assurance and resilience; improving mutual security; broadening military relationships by leveraging capabilities; maximizing effectiveness across mission areas; making efficient use of limited resources; and expanding partnership in support of shared objectives. Ultimately, collective capabilities and efforts of multiple nations and other partners, working together, will further security and sustainability in space.

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