ABSTRACT

Space as a Warfighting Domain: Issues for Congress [August 10, 2021]   [open pdf - 576KB]

From the Introduction: "The United States is in the midst of making significant changes to policy on protecting national security pertaining to outer space. Military strategists increasingly consider space to be a warfighting domain--a location where offensive and defensive military operations take place--similar to air, land, and sea. During the Cold War, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union approached space as a sanctuary and a non-warfighting domain. However, many states and international entities, including the Department of Defense and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), now declare space a warfighting domain. Many countries rely on the capabilities that civilian and military space systems provide. Many governments have agreed in principle that space should remain a domain used for peaceful purposes and for the benefit of all humankind. Various treaties and agreements are the mechanisms in place to promote the principle of space as a peaceful domain, but these do not prevent nations from having or conducting counterspace operations."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF11895
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2021-08-10
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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