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The US-led alliance has explicitly said space threats ‘could lead to the invocation of Article 5’

NATO considers space increasingly important to its mission and fears potential adversaries may seek to harm its orbital assets, the alliance said, adding that it reserves the right to declare a space attack a act of war.

The US-led alliance released its official global space policy on Monday, saying space is “more and more important” for the security and prosperity of its members. NATO has also expressed concern that others may use space to project power and track alliance activities, or interfere with alliance members’ space assets in times of conflict to “complicate” his answer or “deny or degrade” his abilities.

Another concern of NATO is that space capabilities could be affected in a way “harm or disrupt economic or public life” but falls “below the thresholds of threat of use of force, use of force, armed attack or aggression”.

These threats range from jamming and cyberattacks to “high-end kinetic capabilities that produce irreversible effects and that can lead to significant and long-term negative impacts on the space environment”, like space junk.

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NATO defines space as “an inherently global environment” so that even if the alliance is not directly involved in a conflict, its space assets could still be considered threatened. Monday’s policy explicitly references the communiqué from the 2021 Brussels summit, which said such space threats “could lead to the invocation of Article 5”, NATO’s Mutual Defense Clause. However, such a decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, the policy says.

In addition, NATO is “not aiming to become an autonomous space actor”, leaving individual members – such as the United States and France – to manage their own military space programs, but with a commitment to voluntarily provide to the alliance “data, products, services or effects which may be necessary for the operations, missions and other activities of the Alliance.”

NATO has declared a space “operational area” in 2019, the same year, the United States established the Space Force as a separate military branch. Since then, the alliance has established a space center under its Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, and is in the process of establishing a NATO Space Center of Excellence in Toulouse, France.

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