Next Week at MilSatCom USA, the Department of Defense and the commercial satellite industry will be looking at the challenges of defining and strengthening a future military space architecture. In planning for the future, it is often best to learn from the past. Let’s see what military strategist General Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) might suggest.
One of the most challenging aspects of protecting US space assets and defining that future architecture is the threat posed by the rapid advances in anti-satellite technology (ASAT) by other countries. Anti-satellite missiles, for example, have the capability to destroy not only the target satellite, but also many others as a result of subsequent space collisions caused by the thousands of pieces of orbiting debris produced by the target’s destruction.