The Spanish Dirección General de Armamento y Material (DGAM) visits SatCen
On 19 April 2021, SatCen welcomed the Dirección General de Armamento y Material (DGAM) delegation led by Admiral Santiago Ramón González Gómez, Director General of Armament and Material.
The delegation was received by SatCen Director, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Deputy Director, Giuseppe D’Amico, and a team of expert staff comprised of the Heads of departments.
The visit served as a first introduction to the work of the Centre and provided an opportunity to demonstrate and discuss the capabilities, responsibilities and role of SatCen.
The delegation was briefed on various topics from operational output, to the cutting-edge IT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools developed to support GEOINT analysis as well as the operational crossover to Space Surveillance and Tracking activities.
Mr. Álvaro Rodríguez, Head of Operations, outlined the activities performed by the division, providing an overview of the methodologies, technologies and tactics used during operational analysis. Mr. Rodríguez highlighted SatCen’s support to different missions and operations, focusing on the added value provided by cutting edge technologies in supporting comprehensive analyses in a timely manner.
Mr. Alexis Letulier, Head of Information Technology, exemplified the different skills and solutions that have been developed by applying artificial intelligence to operational use cases with the aim of automating and optimizing analysis. Moreover, Mr. Letulier discussed SatCen’s important role as not only a geospatial provider for its end-users but also as a notable centre of competence and active member of the EU Geospatial Intelligence Community.
The delegation was further briefed on SatCen’s cooperation with the Commission, under the Copernicus Programme. Mr. Andrea Patrono, Head of Capability Development Division, referred to the new EU space program and highlighted how the Copernicus programme strengthens the capacity to support EU policies for the benefit of European citizens and EU strategic autonomy. Furthermore, a special mention was made of the different Spanish industries that provide support to SatCen activities.
Mr. Joāo Alves, Head of SSA Unit underscored the Centre’s unique function and work as SST Front Desk, mentioning the perspectives of the EU Space Programme and underlining the Centre’s long-standing experience on SSA (10+ years) and expertise in security issues and in SST service provision. To illustrate this, the SSA Division discussed a recent potential collision event that took place in April.
Spain has been the SatCen's host nation since the agency's establishment in 1992, originally as an entity of the Western European Union (WEU), and has provided its support for the successful development into the current Centre with its specific operational mission