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There is a debate about how much information about space capabilities should stay classified and how much the United States should reveal. Overclassification of space systems undermines the Pentagon’s ability to combat risks of mission failure during a crisis, according to Chris Stone, senior fellow for space studies at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Research Center.

  • Classification that limits even general conversation about a capability prevents the United States from communicating a credible threat to an adversary, which is part of of deterrence, explained Stone.
  • Stone said overclassification is a problem for all the military services but is particularly important for the Space Force because space has been highly classified since the 1950s.
  • Stone said he recommends speeding up the declassification process, which is complicated and requires a lot of coordination.
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