This session focused on risks in relation to the space domain, and the issue of how government resources should be applied to address risks. The point was made that the focus on threat assessments should be on looking for the most probable risks – since 9/11 the focus has been to identify all possible risks, and this is problematic as resources are inadequate for this approach. What is missing is a political context for threat assessments. It is the job of the military to consider all threats – to think of worst-case scenarios and to explore how to counter threats. But in this calculation, how much threat can you afford? Given resource constraints, trade-offs are needed. How you prioritize the threats and mitigation options are key issues to consider. The prioritization of risks, threats, and mitigation options is complicated by a number of factors and trends indentified and discussed in this session.
Space and Defense
"Threat Assessments and the Space Domain,"
Space and Defense: Vol. 3:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/spaceanddefense/vol3/iss3/5
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