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News | Aug. 13, 2020

SOUTHCOM Hosts New U.S. Space Force 'U.S.-Brazil Space Engagement Talks'

By U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs

U.S. Southern Command hosted U.S. Space Force and Brazilian counterparts for the newly established virtual U.S.-Brazil Space Engagement Talks. Not only is this the first senior space flag officer event between the U.S. and Brazil, but it is the first such event for the U.S. Space Force.  

The talks, held during separate virtual sessions Aug. 4, 6, 11, and 13, aimed to strengthen both nations’ already strong space partnership and identify opportunities for cooperation between the U.S. military and the Brazilian government.

The talks provided a forum to advance U.S. and Brazilian objectives in the development of space capabilities to support combined space operations.  Discussions focused on future collaboration opportunities in space situational awareness; research, development, test, and evaluation; launch; satellite command and control; among other areas. 

Brazil is a leader  in space operations in Latin America with very close ties to the United States. Combined U.S.-Brazil space operations strengthen U.S. and allied competitive advantage by improving mission assurance and military effectiveness across all domains.   The United States’ space partnership with Brazil and other regional partners helps ensure access and the use of space for responsible and safe purposes.

The virtual talks included participants from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Space Command, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC), Air Forces Southern, and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)