The U.S. Department of Defense and its counterpart agencies in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and the U.K. have released a joint document highlighting the need to promote responsible use of space and safeguard and defend against hostile activities in space in accordance with international law.
The Combined Space Operations Vision 2031 outlines four guiding principles: freedom of use of space; responsible and sustainable use of space; upholding international law; and partnering while upholding sovereignty, DOD said Tuesday.
The CSpO document has several objectives, including conflict prevention and space mission assurance. CSpO participants intend to meet such shared objectives through several lines of effort. These include developing and operating resilient, interoperable architectures; promoting responsible military behaviors in space; collaborating on strategic communications efforts; and sharing intelligence and information.
In December, CSpO principals met to reaffirm their countries’ support to the 2031 vision and DOD representatives the importance of information sharing to facilitate interoperability and cooperation.