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Contested Space Operations, Space Defense, Deterrence, And Warfighting: Summary Findings And Integration Report

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Technical Report

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NSI, Inc Boston United States

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The following are key findings from eleven quantitative, qualitative, and simulation studies conducted for the 2017-2018 Strategic Multilayer Assessment SMA Space Project requested by the Headquarters Air Force HAFA3 in cooperation with United States Strategic Command USSTRATCOM and Air Force Space Command AFSPC. The space domain has changed rapidly and fundamentally in the past decades. There are more actors, activities, and stuff in space than ever before, and there is no reason to believe this trend will not continue. Space is no longer the exclusive domain of highly sensitive and well-protected military and intelligence satellites operated by a small number of major power states. Commercial satellites significantly outnumber those operated for primarily military purposes, and have significantly reduced the cost and accessibility of data from space for anyone with internet access. To fully grasp the space-related threats to US national security, and develop strategies to minimize these threats, requires the National Security Space NSS community to take a new perspective on space. Namely, that it can no longer be considered an exclusively military domain with only national security relevance.

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  • Space Warfare
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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