Breakthrough space technologies have improved the human condition by transforming the way we communicate, navigate, produce food and energy, conduct banking, predict weather, perform disaster relief, provide security, and so much more. These benefits for all of humanity can be directly tied to the leadership of the United States of America in exploring and commercializing space.
Unfortunately, the continued benefits from space technology maturation and increased space access are no longer assured. Space is becoming more congested, contested, and competitive. The enemies of the United States have identified space as a vulnerability, which has proven to be provocative. We must establish responsible governance that will prevent mishaps, misperceptions, and mistrust, while assuring the use of space for all responsible parties. We must be able to deter attacks, defend government and commercial assets, and defeat threats when necessary.