NASA and U.S. Space Force Announce New Memorandum of Understanding
A new memorandum of understanding was announced today by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, USSF, during a Mitchell Institute virtual event.
The agreement commits the two organizations to broad collaboration in areas including human spaceflight, U.S. space policy, space transportation, standards and best practices for safe operations in space, scientific research and planetary defense.
“Given the challenges that exist in space, it is necessary to have security. And that’s why it is so important for NASA to work side by side with the Space Force,” said Bridenstine.
"This is really a defining time in the United States, especially as it relates to space. Our spirit towards this time should be an expansive push for American leadership in all sectors of space, and I’m pleased to say that that’s exactly what we’re doing today,” said Gen. Raymond.
The memorandum updates and replaces an agreement signed 14 years ago between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Space Command, under which the two organizations exchanged research and development information, sought to reduce duplication of system development and collaborated in the long-term planning of each organization’s space road maps.
“NASA’s partnerships are vital to ensuring America continues to lead the world in the peaceful uses of outer space,” Bridenstine added. “This agreement with the U.S. Space Force reaffirms and continues our rich legacy of collaboration with the Defense Department and provides a critical foundation to investigate areas of mutual interest for our distinct civil and defense roles in space.”
“NASA and the military share a long history dating back to the late 1950s; there is power in our partnership,” Gen. Raymond said. “A secure, stable and accessible space domain underpins our nation’s security, prosperity and scientific achievement. Space Force looks forward to future collaboration, as NASA pushes farther into the universe for the benefit of all,” the general stated.