U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, has said the country needs to defend and maintain its space capabilities using new tools and techniques, DoD News reported Friday.
Haney told a Peter Huessy Breakfast Series seminar that Strategic Command is working to help the U.S. retain strategic advantage in space, with primary focus on operational planning in order to respond to “all phases of potential conflict,” Jim Garamone reports.
“Today, our nation is dealing with a global security environment that is more complex, dynamic and volatile than at any time in our history,” he told event audiences.
Haney also emphasized the need to forge new command and control relationships, according to the report.
He said the U.S. faces threats from extremist groups that use space and cyberspace in an effort to recruit and spread their propaganda, in addition to conflicts with nation states, the report says.
“Perhaps of greater concern, however, is the proliferation of these emerging strategic capabilities attempting to limit our decision and maneuver space that ultimately impacts strategic stability,” Haney told the event.
Haney noted congestion in space that he said threatens operational satellites, as well as other growing threats from nations that are building military jamming capabilities, Garamone reports.