NATO allies agreed Wednesday that space should be a new operational domain for the alliance alongside air, land, sea and cybersecurity.
At a news conference following a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said space can be used for peaceful purposes, but it can also be used aggressively.
“Satellites can be jammed, hacked or weaponized. Anti-satellite weapons could cripple communications and other services our societies rely on, such as air travel, weather forecast or banking,” he said.
Space is also essential to the alliance’s deterrence and defense, including the ability to navigate, gather intelligence