U.S. DoD Releases Updated Strategy Focusing on Space Dominance

U.S. DoD Releases Updated Strategy Focusing on Space Dominance

The new space strategy is built upon the Trump administration's 2018 national defense strategy that urges the U.S. military to prepare to compete with rising military powers such as China and Russia. As per the new policy, the DoD will maintain space superiority, provide space capabilities to the U.S. and allied forces, and ensure stability in space

Fremont, CA: The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released an updated space strategy that will replace the 2011 document issued by the Obama administration. According to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Steve Kitay, the new Defense Space Strategy released on June 17 will provide broad guidance systems to DoD for achieving desired conditions in space over the next ten years. Kitay was speaking at a Pentagon press conference.

The new space strategy is built upon the Trump administration's 2018 national defense strategy that urges the U.S. military to prepare to compete with rising military powers like China and Russia. As per the new policy, the DoD will maintain space superiority, provide space capabilities to the U.S. and allied forces, and ensure stability in space. Under the new plan, the DoD has to confront the new reality that adversaries have more advanced weapons designed to target U.S. military satellites and deny the United States a critical military advantage. To ensure space superiority, DoD will work with allies and with the private sector. Top 10 Space Tech Solution Companies - 2020

As per the document, China and Russia present the most severe and immediate threats to U.S. space operations, while threats from North Korea and Iran are also growing simultaneously. The current Chinese and Russian strategic intentions and capabilities present an urgent threat to the ability of the DoD to achieve its desired conditions in space. "DoD has taken significant actions to stay ahead of other powers such as the establishment of the U.S. Space Force as a new military service and of U.S. Space Command as a unified combatant command, and the Space Development Agency to help accelerate the acquisition of new technologies," stated Kitay.

"The establishment of the U.S. Space Force as a new branch of the armed forces offers a historic and immediate opportunity to transform the enterprise to achieve space superiority rapidly," the strategy says. The DoD recognizes the space technology race in progress and is hoping to accelerate the pace of innovation. As per the policy, the U.S. will leverage commercial technological advancements and acquisition processes.

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