Department of Defense International Space Cooperation Strategy [January 2017]   [open pdf - 801KB]

"The sustainability, stability, and free access to and use of space are, and will remain, vital to the Department of Defense (DoD) in protecting U.S. national security interests. Over the past decade, it has become clear that potential adversaries are developing counterspace capabilities to deny the United States such access to and use of space. In this increasingly contested domain, the United States must be prepared for conflict that will either begin in or extend to space as adversaries seek to gain asymmetric advantages. These challenges were recognized in the 2010 National Space Policy (Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-4) and the 2011 National Security Space Strategy. Both documents pointed toward international cooperation as a central element of the larger U.S. space strategy. This DoD International Space Cooperation Strategy (ISCS) establishes DoD's approach for invigorating cooperation and collaboration with trusted allies and partners across the spectrum of DoD's space-related activities and mission areas. The key purposes for this expanded international space cooperation and collaboration are expanded interoperability, sustainability, mission assurance, and assured access to critical capabilities in crisis and contingency operations. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Missile Defense Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Technology Security Administration -- hereafter referred to collectively in this DoD ISCS as the 'DoD Components' -- will incorporate the strategic goals of this ISCS as appropriate into the execution of their unique implementation plans, addressing the specific ways and means required to achieve the strategic goals."

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