The Aerospace Security Project at CSIS explores the technological, budgetary, and policy issues related to the air and space domains and innovative operational concepts for air and space forces. Part of the International Security Program at CSIS, the Aerospace Security Project is led by Director and Senior Fellow Kari Bingen and includes the following research areas:
Space Security examines how the evolving military uses of space and the lack of norms of behavior affects escalation and deterrence. It explores how alternative architectures and new operational concepts for space-based capabilities can be used to improve stability and enhance the resilience of U.S. military space systems.
Air Dominance and Long-Range Strike looks at the future of air and missile forces in a more contested operating environment. It analyzes the role of stealth, unmanned systems, and autonomous systems and how these capabilities can be integrated with legacy aircraft to enable new operational concepts. It also explores options for standoff attack, the missile salvo competition, and the air and ground-based legs of the nuclear triad.
Commercial and Civil Space analyzes how U.S. civil and commercial space programs can be used to promote norms of behavior in space and enhance U.S. national security in the space domain. It explores international partnerships in space, efforts to reduce the launch costs, new commercial space technologies, and policy issues that affect civil and commercial space programs.