Focusing on today's space topic, we recognize that changes in the space environment — and our nation's response to those changes — have been on the forefront of both the National Defense Strategy and NGA's own Strategy 2025. These changes represent both opportunities, such as lower cost of entry and the introduction of new technology, and challenges with a more congested operating environment requiring greater space domain awareness.
NGA and our predecessor organizations have a long history of supporting our Nation's space intelligence needs and activities. And, as an organization reliant upon airborne and satellite imagery, we have always made a priority of being aware of activities in space and the associated opportunities and challenges.
At NGA, our efforts are spurred by the same sense of urgency that led to the stand up of U.S. Space Command and U.S. Space Force. Namely, that Earth's orbit is no longer a benign environment, and the threat to U.S. national security interests from foreign space powers is real and growing. Our adversaries are not standing still, and neither is NGA.
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