Dont Gamble on the Next Space Race: Win the Orbital Gray War Now
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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The first wave of an extraterrestrial gold rush is rushing in as commercial firms rapidly innovate to seek wealth and riches from space. At the same time, Americas adversaries are willing to exploit the gaps in space conduct norms to challenge, if not threaten, US national interests through the employment of strategic gradualism, subversion, and cohesive statecraft. Leadership in space is not an American birthright. Primacy in space has always been contested. As the United States adapts to win in a new era of great power competition, policymakers must gain an appreciation of the competitive and increasingly contested nature of space, and an understanding how gray war tactics will extend into space. To win the orbital gray war now, policymakers must overcome two challenges to statecraft and maintain the momentum the current administration has achieved on space security to preserve Americas leadership in space.
- Space Warfare