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DOD Space Policy Official Highlights Need for Private Sector Innovation

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DOD Space Policy Official Highlights Need for Private Sector Innovation

John Plumb, assistant secretary of defense for space policy, has emphasized the need to boost collaboration with the private sector to stay abreast with the space-related advancements of the United States’ adversaries.

Speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast meeting, Plumb said that the Department of Defense’s approach to developing, implementing and upgrading space capabilities is far too slow compared to those used by other competitors such as China.

He added that the DOD can improve space capability development pacing through private sector innovation, SpaceNews reported.

Plumb is set to leave the department in early May, two years after he was appointed to the role.

According to Plumb, there is more work to be done in the space policy office, particularly enabling the creation and implementation of an international space policy that protects national interests and promotes responsible space behavior.

While the U.S. and its allies have already agreed on space operation norms, including those that prevent the creation of space debris, Plumb highlighted the need to strengthen international collaboration to establish clear space rules, noting that the existing norms are not treaties or laws.

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