The State of the Space Industrial Base 2021- Infrastructure & Services for Economic Growth & National Security has been released.

The report was written by officials from the U.S. Space Force, the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Defense Innovation Unit.

This 92-page document summarizes discussions held with more than 250 government, industry and academic experts. 

Credit: State of the Space Industrial Base 2021

Central message

As its central message, the report paints a picture of a U.S. space industrial base that is “tactically strong but strategically fragile.” While the pace of innovation and investment in the U.S. is at an all-time high, the report cautions that this will not be sustained “without strategic direction, robust adoption of commercial space capabilities expressed in meaningful contract opportunities,” among other elements.

Credit: State of the Space Industrial Base 2021



One key aspect of the report is “Build Back Beyond: Incorporate the Moon into the Earth’s Economic Sphere by Catalyzing the Space Superhighway.”




To read the full document, go to:

Also, go to this Atlantic Council-hosted video discussion of the report at:



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