The new 12 months will current many challenges for the worldwide protection business. Among these is the crucial to advance our technical superiority in area to fight the growing threats we face from China.
United Launch Alliance is dedicated to making sure that the United States stays the chief in area and is ably able to defending our nationwide pursuits and the peace of the worldwide commons throughout this subsequent evolution of the area race. With the institution of Phase 2 of the National Security Space Launch program final 12 months, the U.S. area business is nicely positioned to construct upon our previous successes in delivering essential payloads to orbit and to remain nicely forward of our adversaries in 2021.
China stays a serious risk to all points of the United States protection neighborhood. Experts within the intelligence world have characterised China’s intentions as a complete technique to dominate the U.S. economically, militarily and technologically. Its efforts to develop into a army superpower span from stealing our mental property to utilizing its intelligence providers to copy our capabilities in rising know-how sectors. These threats are actual and may catch the attention of the worldwide protection neighborhood. The latest National Defense Authorization Act convention report referenced these identical threats, citing China’s efforts to “to seize control of critical elements of the United States space industry supply chain and United States space industry companies.”
ULA is combatting these efforts by staying one step forward of China. We know it should reply to America’s newest rocket know-how with its personal, main us to assume creatively, plan proactively and create new options that may preserve America’s management.
Fundamentally new capabilities will likely be wanted each in how we attain orbit and what we do there. A essential ingredient will likely be to find out the necessities of Phase three of the NSSL program. This will information the United States to discipline area capabilities that keep forward of our adversaries. By understanding the wants of the next-generation area architectures, we will reap the advantages of innovation and keep at bay rising safety threats. This will likely be a vital subsequent step for our business this 12 months, and we look ahead to working with the brand new administration to see it by way of.
We are dedicated to sustaining our superiority in area whereas defending America’s nationwide safety pursuits, however we will solely accomplish that by remaining practical in regards to the risk posed by China. The alternative to proceed to place the U.S. because the chief in area is the place our business’s actual alternative to develop, lead and serve our nice nation lies.
Tory Bruno is the president and CEO of United Launch Alliance.