Visit of NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF)
On 4 November 2021, a group of NATO expert staff from the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF) visited SatCen. The guests met with specialized staff from the Centre’s Operational division and engaged in a fruitful exchange of views on current and future developments along with possibilities for future collaborations.
In an introductory briefing, SatCen Deputy Director Louis Tillier discussed the Centre’s unique balance of activity regarding both civilian as well as security and defence issues. In this regard, he introduced SatCen’s involvement in crisis management, in particular humanitarian aid, along with support for Missions and Operations, support to Frontex and collaboration with International Organizations. In addition, SatCen’s range of activities was introduced, starting with the core mission of Geospatial analysis and following with activities around IT, Capability Development, Training and cooperation with European bodies and Member States.
Mr Epifanio Pecharroman, Operations Manager, discussed SatCen products and services, highlighting the wide spectrum of users, from political planners to operational decision-makers and forces on the ground. Against this backdrop, the importance and necessity of flexibility and adaptability concerning SatCen portfolio and activity were reflected.
Along this line, Mr Jürgen Wahlen, Imagery Analyst and Team Leader introduced specific operational examples of SatCen products and services. The discussion covered a wide range of topics including the role of SatCen in providing support to OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-cooperation in Europe), United Nations Missions and Operations, such as EU NAVFOR MED IRINI, support to humanitarian crises, as well as regional situation analysis.
Following SatCen’s briefing, a team of experts from NAGSF provided a high-level mission briefing. SatCen staff was able to better understand the processes behind the gathering, analyzing and distributing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data in support of decision-making and compare notes and best practices.