Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rules of Engagement Needed for Space

As anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities proliferate, the United States must prepare for a future conflict that could extend into space. A range of both kinetic and non-kinetic threats, such as jammers, lasers, and high-powered microwave weapons, could deny the United States use of its space assets either temporarily or permanently, depending on the threat.  Crafting rules for engagement in space could help deter some types of attack by making the prospect of retaliation more credible.