US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has released the Defense Space Strategy, which identifies how Department of Defense will advance spacepower to be able to compete, deter, and win in a complex security environment characterised by great power competition.
Through the strategy, the US Department of Defense will advance spacepower through the pursuit of three objectives: maintain space superiority; provide space support to national, joint, and combined operations; and ensure space stability.
Secretary Esper said, "We desire a secure, stable, and accessible space domain that underpins our nation’s security, prosperity and scientific achievement.
"However, our adversaries have made space a warfighting domain and we have to implement enterprise-wide changes to policies, strategies, operations, investments, capabilities, and expertise for this new strategic environment. This strategy identifies a phased approach on how we are going to achieve the desired conditions in space over the next 10 years."
Additionally, the Department will pursue four priority lines of effort to achieve the desired conditions while addressing identified threats, opportunities and challenges:
Secretary Esper added, "The Defense Space Strategy is the next step to ensure space superiority and to secure the nation’s vital interests in space now and in the future."
The Defense Space Strategy identifies how DoD will advance spacepower to enable the Department to compete, deter and win in a complex security environment characterised by great power competition.
These key factors include:
The unclassified summary of the Defense Space Strategy is available here.
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