America's own SPACE, a need of critical infrastructure policy

Emerging of private investors, enthusiasts and adversaries in the space battle, we need fort of our own


Time has come where space is no longer a far dream, planning to colonize Moon and Mars already started. Since the moon race won by America regardless of all conspiracy theories, the fact remains. Since then, many countries and private ventures came in to being to explore the possibilities of the infinite. Our nation is dependent on a space-based system our technology vastly involves space satellites and space stations to carry out transactional tasks from monitoring to passing the information.

While Biden administration is going after revitalizing infrastructure, I wonder why space-based system and exploration in that regard is not part of it. Making space and related manufacturing a critical infrastructure galvanize the policy and stakeholder attention and resources needed to secure these systems. Communication system and media outlets using military-grade security what about the satellite internet services, tracking services, monitoring satellites.

This is important given how dramatically low Earth orbit is changing. Just two decades ago, space systems in orbit were expensive, large, and specialized and employed dedicated networks. Today, there are more than 4,000 active satellites and far more in prospect. According to the Bank of America, the space industry may triple to $1.4 trillion by 2030. By then, an estimated 50,000 satellites could be in orbit, many connected to public communication networks.

The emerging space environment is getting complex consisting of Government, private contractors and even some of the system owned by foreign investors. Our dependency is increasing on those systems rapidly. Right now, no central government entity coordinates policy, strategy, programs, or resources to support this infrastructure, and no security standards for space systems exist. A national space systems security community could invigorate the development of security requirements and define more effective security governance.

Rapid information sharing to the entire space sector about threats, vulnerabilities and corrective actions is of primary focus for the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which just opened its Threat Intelligence Watch Center. In the United States, our economy, national security, and everyday lifestyle rely heavily upon thousands of space systems in orbit.

Our national dependency on space systems will continue to grow exponentially. It’s essential to signal to China, Russia, North Korea, and other potential adversaries that they cannot put these systems at risk. By designating these systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, we’ll be in a stronger position and take measures to make it stronger as per our need and requirements.