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U.S. Joins South American Partners to Discuss Common Space Opportunities; Lt. Col. Peter Atkinson Quoted

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The U.S. Space Force, U.S. Space Command and U.S. Southern Command jointly held a virtual event with South American partners to highlight multi-national space security cooperation in the region.

The Americas Space Conference gathered stakeholders from Peru, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and the U.S. to discuss common interests in space-focused national security, USSPACECOM said Friday.

Canada also took part in the event as an observer to gather input on Latin America's space interests.

Lt. Col. Peter Atkinson, chief of international engagements at USSPACECOM, said the event served as an avenue to identify and tackle the countries' common issues and opportunities in a forum-based approach.

"This event was extremely useful to equalize the diverse views of the Air Forces of the allied countries on important topics to be developed," said Brazil's Maj. Gen. Jose Vagner Vital, executive vice president of the South American country's space systems commission. 

Thomas Cooley, chief scientist for Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate, provided guidance for the conference's discussions.

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