Air Force Report Outlines Threats to Satellite and Aerospace Industries

Published on July 29, 2013 – Access Intelligence

Findings of a recent report by the U.S. Air Force reveal that satellites and the entire U.S. space enterprise system are currently at risk from increased space debris, extreme weather and cyber attacks. Additionally, the report outlined potential “game changers” for the U.S. satellite and space industry – but sparked questions from

“There are clear threats to the U.S. space enterprise, including growth in space debris, space weather induced upsets, the increasingly easy access to space, and  potential cyber/EW (electric warfare)/kinetic attacks on our space and space-support ground assets,” the June 21, 2013 report states.

The “Global Horizons” report was written by Mark Maybury who served as the Air Force’s former chief scientist from Oct. 2010 to June 2013. Maybury, who now serves as Vice President/Chief Technology Officer at the MITRE Corporation, states that the space industry also faces other threats including “severe budgetary threats … and programs-of-record that increase costs of space assets, while discouraging … new advances in commercial technology.”

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