Today I am pleased to publish the Defence Space Strategy (DSS). This strategy sets out a vision for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as a global actor in the space domain. It articulates how the MOD will deliver the National Space Strategy’s ‘protect and defend’ goal through capabilities, operations and the growth of a space workforce. It also emphasises the value of alliances and partnerships in pursuit of a safe and secure space domain. I am placing a copy of the DSS in the Library of the House.
The DSS explains how the MOD has apportioned its Spending Review 2020 allocation for space capabilities and activity: £1.4 billion over 10 years, in addition to the £5 billion over 10 years already allocated to our future Skynet satellite communications capability.
The DSS also reinforces all four of the 2021 Integrated Review’s objectives to: strengthen security and defence at home and overseas; build resilience; sustain strategic advantage through science and technology; and shape the international order of the future.