The United States is pushing for more global cooperation in space to include joint war games and combined allied operations, according to Greg Schulte, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy.

Retuers reported that Schulte cited tight defense budgets combined with the increasingly congested and contested nature of space as reasons that it made sense for countries to work together in space. Schulte added that joint ownership of satellites would strengthen American security.

According to the Reuters article, restrictions on sharing data from U.S. government satellites have complicated joint operations in the Middle East with U.S. allies.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Air Force conducted a military space exercise with Britain, Canada, Australia and other members of NATO, the first international war game for space hosted by the United States, Schulte said.

The article states that the growing amount of space debris is also fostering cooperation in space.

"If you operate together you develop collective deterrence. An attack on one becomes an attack on many," said Schulte.

Source: Reuters

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