A Framework for Resilience

Differing interpretations of the term "resilience" can cause disruption across scopes of responsibility in the U.S. defense space enterprise. What kind of structure might help address this disruption and offer clarity?

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Increasing the resilience of the United States is a major element of recent strategy documents, with “Promote American Resilience” a primary objective of the 2017 National Security Strategy and the need for “a more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating Joint Force,” outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. For the space community, it was formally introduced into the vernacular in the 2010 National Space Policy of the United States of America (2010 space policy), which called for the “resilience of mission-essential functions.”

The framework in this paper was developed using the original intent of resilience as laid out in the 2010 space policy and studies of resilience beyond the space domain, and it focuses on ways resilience plays out in scopes of responsibility.

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