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US and allied security on Earth increasingly hinges upon free and open access to outer space. However, the increasing number of countries operating in space and the proliferation of space assets pose challenges to, and presents opportunities for, security and prosperity in space. Moreover, the growing military space programs of China and Russia threaten US and allied military advantage in space.

Through regular content and convenings, Forward Defense explores the trends and technologies defining the space domain and the resulting threats to US and allied security and prosperity in the twenty-first century.

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Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.