OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) commemorated the signing of a special arrangement to enhance a previous Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data sharing agreement with Franceâ€™s Ministry of Defense (MoD) April 14, 2015, during the 31st Annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The new arrangement builds upon the established sharing agreement with France, signed in January 2014, and permits an advanced exchange of SSA data, which is essential for spaceflight safety and may include classified information when appropriate.
"We are pleased to expand our space partnership with France, one of our oldest and closest allies. These agreements are mutually beneficial, enabling greater spaceflight safety, increasing our national security and that of our allies and enhancing our 24/7 global operations," said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command.
Mr. Douglas Loverro, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for space policy, Brig. Gen. Clinton Crosier, USSTRATCOM deputy director of global operations, and Brig. Gen. Jean-Daniel TestÃ©, French Joint Space Command commander, represented the two countries commemorating the agreement.