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DoD Unveils Defense Space Strategy; Mark Esper Quoted

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new strategy that outlines how DoD will advance and leverage space capabilities to compete, deter and counter potential adversaries in the space domain. “This strategy identifies a phased approach on how we are going to achieve the desired conditions in space over the next 10 years,” Esper added. 

“The Defense Space Strategy is the next step to ensure space superiority and to secure the Nation’s vital interests in space now and in the future,” Mark Esper, DoD secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement published Wednesday

The Pentagon has set three objectives to advance spacepower: maintain space superiority; ensure space stability; and provide space support to joint, national and combined operations.

The strategy outlines four lines of effort to address challenges, threats and opportunities and reach the desired conditions: build a comprehensive military advantage in space; integrate military spacepower into national, joint and combined operations; shape the strategic environment; and cooperate with allies, industry, partners, and other U.S. government departments and agencies.

To achieve the first line of effort, DoD calls for the expansion of space warfighting culture and expertise; improvement of command and control and intelligence capabilities; development of capabilities that counter the hostile use of space; and further support for the U.S. Space Force.