NATO’s dependence on Space systems implies the need to ensure that resources and capabilities are available during all operational phases. The lack of Space capabilities and products could hamper the success of NATO operations. This assessment has led NATO to recognize Space as a separate Operational Domain in 2019.

Since its establishment in 2005, the JAPCC has included space in its portfolio of tasks and has intensively supported and promoted the evolving developments in recent years.

In cooperation with the NATO Space Centre of Excellence, which is in the process of being established in Toulouse France, the JAPCC will continue to implement the Space Domain within NATO, specifically in the Air Domain. The JAPCC Space SMEs provide support in all functional areas of Space (PNT, ISR, METOC, SSA, SATCOM, SEW and Space Security) to offer multinational expertise to key decision-makers for effective solutions on Space Power challenges, in order to safeguard the Alliance.

Featured Publications

The Impact of Commercial Space in Times of Conflict

From a Fortuitous Boost to a Potential Solution
By Maj 
By Maj 
In today’s connected world, communication and information offered by and through Space capabilities impact people’s everyday lives. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has highlighted what may happen if existing networks are denied. The harsh [...]

Quantum Technology for Defence

What to Expect for the Air and Space Domains
By Lt Col 
By Dr 
Quantum Technology (QT) has its foundation in quantum mechanics, a discipline more than one hundred years old. The first applications of quantum mechanics, known as Quantum Revolution 1.0, include nuclear fission, lasers, semiconductors, etc., where [...]

The new NATO Space Centre of Excellence

A Newcomer in the World of Space Expertise for NATO’s Benefit
By Col 
Over decades, Space has taken an increasingly important role in all the aspects of our daily life. As a result, we are now permanently connected to and through ‘Space’. The strategic features of Space have [...]

Subject Matter Experts


Arda Ayan

Subject Matter Expert 

Major Arda Ayan graduated from the Turkish Air Force Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and was stationed as a SHORAD (Short Range Air Defence) officer at the 6th Main Jet Base Anti-Aircraft Battalion Command. Following his Master’s degree in Space Sciences, in 2014, he was...

Lieutenant Colonel

Heiner Grest

Subject Matter Expert 

Lieutenant Colonel Heiner Grest is currently the acting Branch Head of JAPCC’s 2020 established Space Branch. He began his military career in 1982 as a conscript. Throughout his career, he has been working in various command and staff positions in Ground-Based Air and Missile Defence and diverse national staff positions....


Brian Ladd

Subject Matter Expert 

Major Brian Ladd graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and received his commission by AFROTC. His first tour was at the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was a Satellite Operator of the MILSTAR communications...


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