United States National Security Space Strategy

The United States and its key allies gained remarkable advantages in space capabilities that enabled crucial a) decision-making, military operations, and homeland security. Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense, and James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, both agree that the “Space systems provide national security decision-makers with unfettered global access and create a decision advantage by enabling a rapid and tailored response to global challenges” (Space National Strategy unclassified release). Gates and Clapper saw the U.S. leadership in space activities as beneficial for:

• The global economy.

• Enhancement of US national security.

• Strengthened US international relationships.

• Advanced scientific discovery.

• Improved way of life.

The 2011 US National Security Space Strategy is charted for the next decade in response to “current and projected Space strategic environment”; its two main focuses a) to maintain enhancement of US leadership and gains of space advantages, b) Utilization of space to maintain US supremacy.

Key Highlights of 2010 National Security Strategy :

FIRST: “To promote security and stability in space, we will pursue activities consistent with the inherent right of self-defense, deepen cooperation with allies and friends, and work with all nations toward the responsible and peaceful use of space.”

2010 National Security Strategy

SECOND: “All nations have the right to use and explore space, but with this right also comes responsibility. The United States, therefore, calls on all nations to work together to adopt approaches for responsible activity in space to preserve this right for the benefit of future generations.”

2010 National Space Policy

THIRD: “Increase assurance and resilience of mission-essential functions enabled by commercial, civil, scientific, and national security spacecraft and supporting infrastructure against disruption, degradation, and destruction, whether from environmental, mechanical, electronic, or hostile causes.”

2010 National Space Policy

FOURTH: “Our national security strategy is, therefore, focused on renewing American leadership so that we can more effectively advance our interests in the 21st century. We will do so by building on the sources of our strength at home, while shaping an international order that can meet the challenges of our time.”

2010 National Security Strategy

Reading recommendation:
Toward a Theory of Spacepower: Selected Essays Edited by Charles D. Lutes and Peter L. Hays with Vincent A Manzo, Lisa M. Yambrick, and M. Elaine Bunn

February 2011


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