Accession Number:

ADA617824

Title:

What Happens If They Say No? Preserving Access to Critical Commercial Space Capabilities during Future Crises

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIR FORCE RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

In 2011 the National Security Space Strategy proclaimed that space was a congested, competitive, and contested domain. Since then, national security space professionals have paid considerable attention to the congested and contested aspects of the space domain. Alarmingly, despite the United States dependence on commercial space capabilities for national security requirements, there has been little examination of the ways adversaries might influence commercial markets to obtain military advantages. Specifically, what would happen if US adversaries made the space and cyberspace business risks too great Although some might find that concept outlandish, it is a plausible threat that warrants consideration. If the US government fails to prepare for such contingencies, the White House could lose decision and command and control DC2 capability if worried vendors say no to the nation that needs them.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE