Defense Space Strategy Addresses Militarization, Competition
"The Defense Department's newly released Defense Space Strategy addresses new realities in space ... great power competition and militarization of the domain," Stephen Kitay, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy said.
"The Defense Space Strategy provides strategic direction for department wide changes to policies, doctrine, capabilities, operations and partnerships, to ensure U.S. space superiority, to secure our nation's vital interests in space," Stephen Kitay told reporters during a news conference at the Pentagon on June 17, 2020.
"Our desired conditions are a secure, stable and accessible space domain," he stated.
The department will achieve these conditions with four lines of effort:
"The Defense Space Strategy lays out a path that embraces space as a unique domain of national military power, and together with other domains, underpins joint and combined operations to advance national security," Kitay said.
He cited two reports — "Challenges to Security in Space" by the Defense Intelligence Agency and "Competing in Space" by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center — in providing examples of both Russian and Chinese militarization of space.
"These documents will tell you that China and Russia are developing and planning to use capabilities that threaten our space systems and those of our allies," he said. "Since last year, when those [reports were released], China and Russia have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities, which pose unprecedented new dangers to U.S. and allied space systems."
Kitay said he believes the United States is still ahead of Russia and China in space, but that the lead is diminishing rapidly and the U.S. is "absolutely at risk" with the pace at which they are developing capability.
"The Defense Space Strategy lays out a path that embraces space as a unique domain of national military power, and together with other domains, underpins joint and combined operations to advance national security," he said.