Space and U.S. Security: A Net Assessment

Last updated April 01, 2010

This year-long study effort was undertaken as a contribution to the discussion about the future role of the United States in space. It surveyed the current status of U.S. space activities and drew comparisons with other countries that have developed space programs in recent decades. It projected major trends into a ten- to twenty-year timeframe to identify factors that may have important positive or negative implications for the position of the United States relative to other nations in the next decade. Because of the inherently dual-use nature of space technology and the growing role of the commercial sector, this project took a broad view of space, encompassing space technologies for military uses and for commercial purposes, underscoring the mutually important role of space in U.S. national security and in the U.S. economy.