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Exploring the Economic Effects of Conflict in Space: A Virtual Think Tank (ViTTa) Report

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Technical Report

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Joint Staff J39 Washington, DC United States

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This report captures the input of 19 responses contributed by experts from the National Security Space community in the US and an array of commercial space actors in the US, Australia, Italy, and Norway. Industry perspectives on this question are surprisingly varied in both their explicit responses i.e., yes, difficult, impossible, etc. and their use of methods for assessing the fallout of hostility in space. While the contributors offer a variety of useful insights, there does not appear to be an easily accessible and comprehensive analysis of the financial impact of conflict in the space domain. In fact, due to the cascading nature of warfighting events in space, contributors disagree on whether any analysis would produce a satisfactory answer, but the clear consensus is that further research needs to be done on this topic.

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  • Space Warfare

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