U.S. eyes pivot to space in evolving strategy to counter China and Russia in great power competition

Aug. 10, 2020
Plummeting launch costs already have encouraged constellations of small, cheap, and mutually connected satellites to provide high-speed communications.

WASHINGTON – In an era of increasingly sharp great power competition, Russia, China, and others are moving aggressively, pivoting to secure new strategic locations in the hopes of carving out exclusive spheres of influence. Real Clear Defense reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 Aug. 2020 -- In response, U.S. military strategy asserts that it, more than any other nation, can expand the competitive space, seizing the initiative to challenge competitors where it has advantages and where adversaries lack strength.

The new U.S. Defense Space Strategy sets conditions for U.S. military advantages in space and shaping strategic competition there. After years of tinkering with information technologies, the U.S. should get back into the business of heavy industry, building an ever-larger off-world economy capable of supporting growing wealth and prosperity on Earth.

Such a pivot would allow the U.S. to counter the small-scale terrestrial land and maritime grabs of China, Russia, and Iran, and disrupt scarcity-based geopolitical competition on Earth.

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