Air Force Space Command: Commander's Strategic Intent
AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND PETERSON AFB CO PETERSON AFB United States
The US must maintain our leadership and freedom of action in space. The National Security Strategy states that the US considers unfettered access to and freedom to operate in space to be a vital interest. It also states that any harmful interference with or an attack upon critical components of our space architecture that directly affects the vital US interest will be met with a deliberate response at a time, place, manner, and domain of our choosing. Our National Defense Strategy clearly articulates the central challenge to US prosperity and security is the reemergence of long-term, strategic competition by what the National Security Strategy refers to as revisionist powers. It is increasing clear that China and Russia seek to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model. As Airmen, we must view this challenge in the broader context of a highly complex strategic environment with threats that are both multi-functional and multi-domain. Challenges to US military advantage represent another shift in the global security environment. For decades the US has enjoyed uncontested or dominant superiority in every operating domain. We could generally deploy our forces when we wanted, assemble them where we wanted, and operate how we wanted. But today every domain is contestedair, land, sea, space and cyberspace. Potential adversaries are attempting to erode the Nations tremendous asymmetric advantage of Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Powerthey must not succeed. Potential adversaries can threaten our use of space in many orbital regimes and will soon be able to threaten all US space capabilities in all orbital regimes. We remain engaged hourly in the contested cyberspace domain as adversaries scout for weaknesses in our defenses and maneuver within US cyberspace terrain to posture and position their cyberspace capabilities.