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ENHANCING NAVAL OPERATIONS THROUGH SPACE COOPERATION: THE ROLE OF ALLIES

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Authors
Arrigo, Grant P.
Subjects
Navy
maritime
strategy
great
power
competition
China
Russia
national
security
space
international
cooperation
cooperate
collaboration
collaborate
military
coalition
allies
Ally
France
Germany
United Kingdom
Japan
Australia
South Korea
SATCOM
ISR
METOC
MDA
Advisors
Moltz, James C.
Date of Issue
2021-09
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
Since 1957, space has been a significant domain of great power competition, generating soft power and providing pronounced military benefits. As the United States enters an era of renewed great power competition with peer adversaries, the U.S. Navy, operating as a forward presence, faces increased challenges from Russia and China. This thesis investigates possible allied space coalition structures and how space cooperation can be leveraged as a force multiplier to enhance naval operations. Two case studies are featured as a means of evaluating current U.S. allies, their space capabilities, policies, and histories. Germany, France, and the UK are examined in the context of challenges from Russia in the Mediterranean and Arctic, and Japan, Australia, and South Korea are considered relative to the operational challenges in the South China Sea and a Taiwan contingency resulting from the rise of China. The military space programs of Europe are found to be much more developed and interconnected than the more nascent Indo-Pacific military space programs, which remain separated as a result of historical tensions and Cold War–era bilateral cooperation structures. Ultimately, this thesis determines that a U.S.-led space coalition should break from past bilateral or regional alliance structures in favor of a global space coalition to best leverage the benefits of burden sharing, deterrence, mission assurance, and increased capacity to support global maritime operations.
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National Security Affairs (NSA)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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