U.S.–India strategic partnership in space
A path toward cooperation
in The future of U.S.–India security cooperation
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The United States and India, both major space powers, have long worked together on civil space efforts but have not done much in regard to space security cooperation. This is a real missed opportunity, as each country has a lot to offer the other in terms of shoring up their national security and the stability of the space domain overall. This chapter discusses potential ways in which the U.S. and India can work together on strategic space issues. It begins by providing a snapshot of current U.S. government policies related to space security in order to understand U.S. goals in space and how India might help it meet them. Next, it discusses the U.S. space situational awareness sharing program and the value it would bring both the U.S. and India to exchange their own data. Then, it highlights the importance of bilateral discussions and active multilateral negotiations related to space security issues, paying special attention to the challenges presented by anti-satellite tests to the security and stability of the space domain. The chapter then examines space-based maritime domain awareness policies and priorities for the U.S. and propose ways in which the two maritime powers can use space to enhance maritime security. It ends with a plea for the Indian government to formalize a national space policy and/or strategy, as that will expedite strategic partnership in space between the two countries.


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