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News | Oct. 29, 2020

SOUTHCOM Hosts US-Chile Space Engagement Talks with USSPACECOM, USSF

By U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs

U.S. Southern Command hosted U.S.-Chile Space Engagement Talks with U.S. military and Chilean representatives during separate virtual sessions Oct. 28-29.

The virtual talks served to reinforce the United States and Chile’s already strong security partnership while highlighting opportunities for cooperation in space – the fifth domain.

Participants from the Chilean Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Southern Command, and U.S. Space Command took part in the talks.

“Chile is one of U.S. Space Command’s strongest partners in Latin America,” said Lt Col Pete Atkinson, USSPACECOM Chief of International Engagements. “Foundational to our partnership is promoting a safe, stable, sustainable, and secure space environment. We look forward to increased cooperation and collaboration with Chile as we go forward together.”

The talks provided a platform for Chile to share its national goals for their military and civil space programs, and for the U.S. to identify opportunities to enhance integration and interoperability with this important South American partner.

Both the U.S. and Chile are members of the U.N. Committee for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space, which promotes the peaceful international use and exploration of space. 

By facilitating dialogue on the topics of space situational awareness, cooperation and planning, research and development, partnerships with the commercial space industry, and training and education, these talks strengthened each country’s respective space programs and support the safe and peaceful use of space worldwide.