The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies invites you to watch or listen to the rollout of our newest policy paper: Building U.S. Space Force Counterspace Capabilities: An Imperative for America’s Defense by Charles Galbreath, Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies, Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE). He was joined by Maj Gen David N. Miller Jr., U.S. Space Command Director of Operations, Training, and Force Development, and Robert Atkin, Vice President, Special Space Systems, General Atomics. The event was moderated by Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.), Explorer Chair, (MI-SPACE).
All U.S. joint force operations depend on freedom of action in space, but adversary weapons, especially those fielded by China, are now capable of disrupting, degrading, and in some cases, defeating U.S. space systems that were designed for an uncontested operating environment. U.S. efforts to establish norms of responsible behavior in space and increase the resiliency of its space architecture are necessary, but not sufficient by themselves to credibly deter Chinese aggression in space. The U.S. Space Force must develop a suite of defensive and offensive counterspace systems to protect America’s vital interests in space and defend fielded forces against adversary space-enabled attacks. This report explores the factors and ramifications that U.S. national security leaders must consider as they seek to ensure successful space operations in the warfighting domain that is space.