Broadcast 2739 Chris Stone

The Space Foundation Conference

17 Jul 2016 Christopher Stone
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Guest:  Christopher (Chris) Stone;  Topics: National Space Security Strategy, space deterrence options and policy.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See  

We welcomed back Chris Stone to the program to discuss his new book, "Reversing the Tao: A Framework for Credible Space Deterrence," along with credible plans for national space security deterrence strategies.   During the first segment of our 1 hour 44 minutes discussion, Chris introduced us to his book (remember, if you buy it on Amazon to use the OGLF portal or Smile so Amazon will donate part of the purchase price to The Space Show. See  Chris also talked about the importance of key definitions in understanding the problems and issues in national space security and deterrence strategy.  For example, pay attention to the use of the words improbability, unlikely, and avoidance.  Chris does an excellent job in helping us to understand how these words are used in the national space deterrence debate. 

Chris continued talking about his book and the chapters which focused on security through vulnerability, Chinese space behavior and strategy, and how and why we need to create a new structure for defending the U.S. space infrastructure.  our first caller was John from Ft. Worth who wanted talk about the potential of asymmetry, GPS vulnerability, and economic issues.  John and Chris had an important discussion on these issues, plus adversarial thinking and strategies.  Don't miss it.  Before the break ended, Marshal called to talk about natural events that make our space assets vulnerable such as a possible repeat of the Carrington Event incident of 1859.  We also talked about the role of space assets for emergency and rescue purposes. 

In the second segment, Chris talked about the Atlantic Council and their recently released paper, "Toward a New National Security Space Strategy: Time for a Strategic Rebalancing."  Chris posted a detailed response to this document in The Space Review on July 5, 2016.  His article titled "A vision from the past" can be found at  I strongly recommend that you read his Space Review article.

Listener Ben sent in an email asking about holding policy makers accountable for failed policies.  Chris had much to say in response to Ben so don't miss it.  Adrian sent in a correction email about fiber optics systems and large electromagnetic disturbances.  Another listener asked about space deterrent strategies from other space asset rich nations. 

Chris offered us important concluding and takeaway message comments.  He went back and focused on important definitions in the debate to make sure they were understood.  He also addressed why typical space advocates and enthusiasts should be concerned about protecting our space assets, deterrent strategy, and related policy.

Please post your comments/questions in the comments section for this archived program on TSS website.  You can reach Chris Stone through me. Also, check out his blog which is at  




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