Space and the Right to Self Defense

We have long since passed the threshold of concern that space will one day become the next battlefield, and we are at a pivotal moment. The United States of America will not maintain its pre-eminent global power status by default nor absent further action. We must choose this path, and if chosen, we must better utilize the space domain to nullify any adversary’s ability to coerce and blackmail the United States with missiles, possibly armed with nuclear weapons. Although missile defense is only one component of the U.S. strategic posture, by optimally defending what the United States values—the entire U.S. homeland, allies, deployed forces, and assets located in space—the BMDS, with SBI, would serve as a powerful deterrent and a critical means of defense should deterrence fail.

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