The space domain is transforming into an increasingly contested and congested environment. The President has referred to it as a critical warfighting domain and in response, the Department of Defense has recently established U.S. Space Command as a unified combatant command to employ space capabilities and lead space operations. In the private sector, we have seen investments in commercial space grow exponentially as advances in technology have sparked a renewed global interest in the final frontier. In the last decade alone an estimated 500 venture capital firms have invested in space, with approximately 20% making their first investments in 2018. A recent report by Morgan Stanley also cites, “the revenue generated by the global space industry may increase to more than $1 trillion by 2040.”
Lt.-Gen Vincent Stewart, former deputy chief of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, warns that the West continues to underestimate al-Qaeda or ISIS’ cyberattack capabilities. He says that while much of the cyber threat has rightly been focused on Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran,
The 5G Supply Chain Blind Spot: A more concerted effort to assess risk from the services supplied by our adversaries is required
Winning the worldwide “race to 5G” is a top priority for the United States. As the global competition unfolds, we have continued to hear about the technological and economic benefits associated with leadership in the wireless domain. Earlier this year, CTIA, a trade association representing the wireless communications industry, released a report that said, “America’s telecommunications operators plan to invest $275 billion to deploy 5G networks, creating 3 million new jobs and adding $500 billion to our economy.” Even though the benefits are undeniable, the U.S. has not relented on the critical security risks that must also be accounted for prior to large-scale nationwide investments in 5G infrastructure.
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The U.S. military is eager to take advantage of small satellite (smallsat) constellations that operate in low Earth orbit if they can fulfill requirements at the right price. The Department of Defense sees promise in smallsat technology and is working with government and industry partners to try and reduce costs