Written evidence submitted by Mr Neil Fraser, Director Defence & Space Programmes at NSSLGlobal



By Neil Fraser – personal input but based on 26 years military experience, including as the MOD lead for Skynet 5, and my role at NSSLGlobal as Director Defence and Space Programmes.   The notes are in bullets for ease and laid out by question area.


How should the UK Government seek to further develop its strategic relationships and interoperability with allies?

Where can the UK most effectively develop and deploy its own sovereign defence capabilities, with particular regard to:

How vulnerable are our space assets to deliberate attack, both physical and otherwise, and what steps can be taken to improve their resilience (with regard both to defence capabilities and other critical national infrastructure)?

How can defence industrial policy ensure that investment and innovation in in the private space sector is harnessed to align with the UK’s defence requirements?

Have recent machinery of government changes ensured a joined-up and coherent approach to defence space policy both across Whitehall and within the MoD? What further improvements could be made?

What should be the priorities of the new Space Command, and how will its structures facilitate integration across all military domains and co-operation with commercial space operations?

How can the Ministry of Defence ensure that it attracts, develops and retains high calibre space specialists in both policy and operational roles?


28 Jun 21