Announcement for Expansion
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris made a momentous announcement following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on November 10th. Both countries have agreed to strengthen their cooperation on space and cybersecurity concerns, according to the announcement.
According to a White House press statement, the US and France would participate in a “full debate on space.”
Representatives from the United States’ civil and national security space agencies, as well as their French equivalents, are expected to be appointed. “Regular bilateral dialogue to ensure a whole-of-government approach to space cooperation,” it will be called.
The White House said space cooperation will emphasize multiple areas of concern for both nations:
- Deal with the climate crisis
- Allowing a sustainable space economy
- Improving the quality of and better access to (STEM) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education
- Intensifying the frontiers of space
- Consulting on norms, guides, values, and rules to ensure security and sustainability of space activities
The United States and France have agreed to increase the interchange of Earth observation satellite data and perform cooperative analyses of climate change risks to aid in the fight against climate change.
Harris, who chairs the National Space Council of the United States, has stated that the US is dedicated to participating in the Space Climate Observatory (SCO). He also hopes to collaborate with France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) on the SCO Charter’s finalization.
The SCO and its Activities
Macron officially formed the SCO in 2019 as a collaboration aimed at funding projects that make data from space more accessible to businesses. This is necessary to keep people up to date on decisions and actions taken to reduce and respond to the climate issue. The partnership now includes 33 space agencies and international organizations.
After the United States and Russia, France has the third oldest and largest national space programs in the world. France lately published its first French Space Defense Strategy in the month of July 2019, uplifting the significance of French military space projects.
Following the discussion with Macron, Harris declared that the United States will support the Paris Call for Cybersecurity Trust and Security. This will be a voluntary pledge to collaborate with the international community on cybersecurity and the preservation of an open, interoperable, and dependable internet.
Harris came to France at Macron’s request. The United States and the United Kingdom had agreed to sell nuclear submarines to Australia, relations between the two countries deteriorated. This was discovered in September and also jeopardized a prior agreement between Australia and France to purchase diesel submarines.