The Department of Defense (DOD) has released its space policy review and strategy, which aims to protect and defend DOD and Intelligence Community satellites from adversarial threats. The review and strategy were submitted to Congress in compliance with the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022 and the FY 2023 NDAA, respectively.
The document assesses the threats posed by China and Russia to the US and its allies and partners in terms of space operations. To address these threats, the DOD has outlined three lines of effort. The first is to ensure the resilience of critical space-based missions by transitioning to more resilient architectures. This involves measures such as disaggregation, diversification, proliferation, distribution, protection, and deception.
The second line of effort focuses on strengthening the ability to detect and attribute hostile acts originating from, in, and targeting space. This is crucial for timely response and countermeasures against potential adversaries.
The third line of effort aims to safeguard the Joint Force from hostile uses of space by adversaries. This involves developing defensive capabilities and technologies that can counteract adversarial actions and preserve US national security interests.
The DOD recognizes the need to enhance its capabilities to defend against the increasing scale and scope of counterspace threats. The space policy review and strategy provide a roadmap for achieving these objectives and ensuring the protection of critical space assets.
By implementing these measures, the DOD aims to maintain its technological advantage in space and protect the interests of the US and its allies. With the rapidly evolving space domain and the growing aggression demonstrated by nations like China and Russia, it is essential for the US to have robust defense strategies and policies in place to safeguard its space assets and maintain its presence in space.