Report of the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization   [open pdf - 20MB]

This report provides the Commission's assessment of the organization and management of space activities in support of U.S. national security. Members of the Commission were appointed by the chairmen and ranking minority members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and by the Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Director of Central Intelligence. The Commission has unanimously concluded that organizational and management changes are needed for the following reasons. First, the present extent of U.S. dependence on space, the rapid pace at which this dependence is increasing and the vulnerabilities it creates, all demand that U.S. national security space interests be recognized as a top national security priority. Second, the U.S. Government--in particular, the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community--is not yet arranged or focused to meet the national security space needs of the 21st century. Third, U.S. national security space programs are vital to peace and stability, and the two officials primarily responsible and accountable for those programs are the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence. Fourth, we know from history that every medium--air, land and sea--has seen conflict. Reality indicates that space will be no different. Finally, investment in science and technology resources--not just facilities, but people--is essential if the U.S. is to remain the world's leading space-faring nation.

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