Defense Of Department Released Its US Military Space Strategy
In June, the Space Policy document was issued by the Defense Department. The paper sets out the four-pillar plan of the department—they work which needs to be done in space over the next decade and beyond.
At a virtual Heritage Foundation case, Justin T. Johnson, acting deputy assistant secretary of defence for space policy, addressed the strategy.
The first line, he said, of effort is for the U.S. Space Force to construct a comprehensive space military advantage.
The second initiative is to incorporate space in the joint force and with allies and partners. The U.S. is solely responsible for that mission. If that is appropriate, he said. The Space Command, which organises drills and prepares for combat in space.
The third effort is to shape the strategic climate, he said. This involves topics such as informing the public about risks, encouraging responsible activities in space and notifying adversaries that a deliberate response from the department at the time and means of its choice would be met with harmful intervention.
He said the fourth initiative is to cooperate with allies, partners, industry, and other U.S. agencies. NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration. The Commerce Department, for example, work to help streamline industry regulations. The DOD, in turn, depends on the assistance of industry.
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The overall principal strategist is the Space Development Agency.
Allies and partners are pleased to collaborate with the U.S., he said. The department is now partnering with 20 nations and 100 academic and business partners.
Johnson pointed out why the Defense Space Strategy is so important. “China and Russia are aggressively developing counter-space capabilities specifically designed to hold U.S. and allied space capabilities at risk. China and Russia have made space a warfighting domain.”
He listed various examples of the deployment of systems by Russia and China that could theoretically knock out U.S. satellites. They are critical for items such as missile warning, accuracy, navigation and timing, and weather forecasting.
Johnson noted, in addition to the military aspect, that space is essential to the U.S. and global commerce.
“Our $20 trillion U.S. economy runs on space.”