Space

Following the publication of NATO’s “Overarching Space Policy” and the declaration of Space as an Operational Domain in 2019, this branch was established in 2020. 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.

Our Space branch supports coordinating the Global Programming Process for the best available education and training regarding needs defined by the Bi-SC directives, led an Annual Discipline Conference for Space and prepared the implementation of the Space Domain within NATO. More specifically, we not only provide support in functional areas of space (PNT, ISR, METOC, SSA, SATCOM and MD) but also offer multinational expertise to key decision-makers for effective solutions on Space Power challenges, in order to safeguard the Alliance.

Branch Head

Lieutenant Colonel
 Heiner
 Grest
Joint Air Power Competence Centre

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. He was deployed to the NATO mission in Afghanistan at ISAF HQ. He holds a diploma in Business Administration from the Bundeswehr University Hamburg.

Information provided is current as of July 2022

Featured Publications

The new NATO Space Centre of Excellence

A Newcomer in the World of Space Expertise for NATO’s Benefit
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 [...]

National Military Space Operations Centres

Requirements on National Centres with Respect to NATO Needs
NATO does not have space-based resources of its own; however, the organization is heavily and increasingly dependent on space data, products and services to conduct military operations, missions and other activities, as well as executing [...]

A View from Above

Air Domain Focused Observations on the Ukraine Conflict
Although the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is still ongoing, with no prospect for termination of the hostilities in the foreseeable future, some initial observations can be made with respect to the air domain. These [...]

Subject Matter Experts

Major

Arda Ayan

Subject Matter Expert 
Space

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...

Major

Brian Ladd

Subject Matter Expert 
Space

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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