Space security not only plays a vital role in strengthening U.S. national security, it also supports diplomatic efforts and empowers the U.S. economy. As more nations seek space and counterspace abilities, the United States is faced with many difficult challenges. The Department of Defense recently announced the release of the National Security Space Strategy, which was signed jointly by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. This report "charts a path for the next decade to respond to the current and projected space strategic environment." According to the report: "We seek a safe space environment in which all can operate with minimal risk of accidents, breakups, and purposeful interference. We seek a stable space environment in which nations exercise shared responsibility to act as stewards of the space domain and follow norms of behavior. We seek a secure space environment in which responsible nations have access to space and the benefits of space operations without need to exercise their inherent right of self-defense."
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