27 juillet 2022 | Local, Aérospatial

Canada’s new Space Division: Evolution not revolution

Even as Canada acknowledges growing importance of space in defense, Jessica West of Canada's Project Ploughshares said, "The creation of a division within the military [structure] rather than a standalone force points to the integration of space across military functions rather than a ‘warfighting’ orientation."

https://breakingdefense.com/2022/07/canadas-new-space-division-evolution-not-revolution/

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