September 2016 Space Security

Transforming US space policy

Space is integral to our way of life. Without it, we would not enjoy the security we have, the economic growth that has resulted, or many of the modern comforts we all take for granted.

Jim Bridenstine Jim Bridenstine US Representative, Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, USA

Space is integral to our way of life. Without it, we would not enjoy the security we have, the economic growth that has resulted, or many of the modern comforts we all take for granted. The United States has been the driving force behind many of these advances and is uniquely positioned to ensure space is secure and available for responsible actors and future generations. How will the forthcoming Presidential election change things? US Representative Jim Bridenstine outlines his plan to reform the country’s space policy in the latest issue of ROOM.

When most people think of space, they think of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Apollo programme, Space Shuttle launches, the International Space Station; all high profile human exploration programmes carried out by world governments.

Many do not realise that our very way of life depends on space. Space has transformed how we communicate, navigate, produce food and energy, and conduct banking, growing our economy and connecting the world in ways that would otherwise not be possible.

We utilise space to accurately predict weather, perform disaster relief, and support national security and military functions, keeping our citizens safe. Modern luxuries that many take for granted - cell phones, television, even the Internet - are brought to us through space.

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