The National Security Space Association, the U.S. defense, and intelligence contractors representative aired its concerns over the security clearance policies. The group stated that these policies, which are termed as outdated, negatively impacted the country’s capabilities to outperform foes that destabilize the country’s space operations.
Through a white paper on Oct. 29, NSSA lobbied for changes in the space security policy practices and power structures. The document stated that the numerous organization who are mandated with the operations makes it hard, for instance, for the DoD and the intelligence to share information on possible space threats. This bureaucracy is also responsible for the military and intelligence agencies not being able to share information with entities taking part in space technology development, which the country requires to protect its satellites from physical damage and cyber-attacks.
The paper required that the national space program should consist of numerous stages of access designation for information protection while at the same time allowing for a conducive environment for the military, the intelligence community, the government, and other allies and partners to work together.
The space programs are currently controlled by a mixture of outdated and upcoming classification direction that brings about policies that are in consisted; the paper stated. For one to access information required, the party has to get various clearances from DoD or the intelligence agencies, bringing about challenges that are uncalled for the efficient and effective running of the national security space program. The NSSA further stated that these hurdles bring about unintentional outcomes from contrary understandings and application of the policy and consequently enact expenses and risks while obstructing mission performance.
According to the paper, these policies have played a significant role in commercial space companies being excluded from contending for government contracts as they are unable to get admittance or verification of facilities or even respond to classified requests for proposals. By doing so, the United States government is wasting an opportunity to access fresh ideas, innovations, skills, and applications.
The paper that entails a list of reforms that can be implemented says that it is vital to develop governance and bring together security policies and programs that offer an enabling environment for U.S. national security space missions rather than impede them.