In the future, wars will also be decided in space – this is the view of NATO, which, according to media reports, wants to prepare for defense in space by founding a Space Center. The location should be the Ramstein Air Base in Rhineland-Palatinate.
For the struggle of the powers in space, NATO relies on a space center
While spy satellites were among the first objects to be launched into orbit by humans, new technologies can now pose entirely new threats. In any case, according to information from the German Press Agency and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, NATO feels compelled to set up a specially designated defense center to protect the alliance in space. As the SZ writes, the defense ministers of the 30 member states want to announce the construction of the “Space Center” this week.
The current plan, therefore, provides for the space center to be incorporated into the existing NATO Air Force High Command in Ramstein, Rhineland-Palatinate. The primary purpose of the facility is to coordinate the space surveillance of the member states. One of the scenarios that lead to the creation of the Space Center: the threat from satellites. “NATO has no intention of stationing weapons in space, but we have to ensure that our missions and operations have the appropriate support,” SZ quoted Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg as saying last year.
Simulation games in space
A second German location could also play a role in NATO’s new focus on space. The DPA reports that the current plans provide for the establishment of a think tank that uses simulation games on important activities in space. In addition to Toulouse in France, Kalkar in North Rhine-Westphalia is currently under discussion for this project – the Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC) is already located here.