Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has highlighted the service’s current programs and future investments in human space flight operations and efforts to advance U.S. space capabilities, DoD News reported Thursday.
Amaani Lyle writes that James spoke earlier this week before the Center for American Progress on the impact of space flight advancement on both defense and nondefense domains.
“Space-based capabilities and effects are vital today to U.S. warfighting, homeland security and, indeed, to our way of life,” the secretary said.
She noted that the U.S. must explore strategies for building defense and situational awareness in space as threats continue to increase.
Flights to Mars could soon follow these developments as part of the Air Force’s overall vision for future space capabilities, Lyle reports.
The report said the Air Force seeks to foster innovation, collaboration with industry, talent acquisition and investments in doctrine, training and tactics to drive national space programs.