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Strategic Multilayer Assessment: Space Virtual Think Tank Summary Overview

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Technical Report

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Joint Staff J39, Strategic Multilayer Assessment Washington, DC United States

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Our 23 Space ViTTa questions can be broadly categorized into four areas of focus ally, adversary, and partner use of space commercial use of space national security and space and space law and norms. Throughout nearly all of the contributor responses across each of these categories of questions, a central theme emerges clearly Space is a domain that is evolving rapidly, and US initiatives, planning, and operations for space require particularly close consideration and attention as a result. Contributors emphasize the vital importance of the US government USG deciding how it wants to approach and manage US interests in this rapidly changing domain. Failing to establish a clear and coordinated set of national security and commercial space objectives now will put the United States decades-old strategic advantage in space at risk in the future. In short, the need for a serious effort to develop a clear and adaptive strategy for achieving US national objectives given a rapidly changing operational environment in space cannot be overstated. The implications of this theme for US space interests and activities across all four of our categories of questions are discussed in this report.

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  • Cybernetics
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Space Warfare

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