Assuring Assured Access to Space, Hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, March 17, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This testimony compilation is from the March 17, 2015 hearing, "Assuring Assured Access to Space," before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of Salvatore Bruno: "As this committee knows well, space systems are vital to every aspect of national security and provide warfighters and policymakers with critical and timely information that often makes the difference between life and death. Modern weapon systems rely on space capabilities for command, control, and precision guidance. The nation's leaders rely on space systems for critical intelligence and control of strategic forces. On the tactical side, space is integral to military operations and provides an irreplaceable asymmetric advantage on the battlefield. In short, national security demands and expects space capabilities to be there when needed. However, U.S. space systems are also increasingly vulnerable to a variety of threats, both manmade and natural threats. Therefore, to ensure the nation has the capabilities it needs, assured access to space is, and should remain, a fundamental tenet of space policy." Statements, letters and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Salvatore Bruno, Gwynne Shotwell, Katrina McFarland, William LaPlante, John Hyten, and Howard Mitchell.
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