The unclassified version of the National Space Policy, released last week, reaffirms many long-standing principles. The new policy document maintains the commitment to the peaceful use of space, but also maintains the ability of the United States to “preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action” in space.
“The new National Space Policy rightly balances the need for the U.S. to defend its interests in outer space with the desire for all to use space for peaceful purposes,” Marshall Institute President Jeff Kueter remarked. “By forcefully stating that the U.S. will not consider new regimes that would limit or constrain our ability to defend those interests, the Administration has reaffirmed the bedrock principles of U.S. national security space policy.”
Such statement of goals is consistent with past presidential leadership on national security space. Earlier this year, the Marshall Institute compiled all unclassified and newly declassified presidential statements on space in the publication, Presidential Decisions: National Security Council Documents.
“The Policy’s proposed actions – Develop Space Professionals, Improve Space System Development and Procurement, Increase and Strengthen Interagency Partnerships, and Strengthen and Maintain the U.S. Space-Related Science, Technology, and Industrial Base – are widely recognized needs,” Kueter continued. “With a little more than two years remaining in this Administration, quick and decisive action on each is clearly needed.”