The Obama administration unveiled its space policy review today, and Aviation Week's Amy Butler dissected the policy's implications pretty quickly.
From Amy's article:
During a teleconference with reporters, administration officials did not outline what measures the government would take in the event of a hostile act preventing U.S. or allied access to space services. “This policy doesn’t preclude space protection, but the emphasis is on mission assurance,” says Peter Marquez, director of space policy for the National Security Council (NSC).
Later on, Pentagon chief Robert Gates issued the prepared statement below:
"Our continued presence in space is vital to our national security. Space-based capabilities are critical to our military's ability to navigate accurately, strike precisely, and gather battle space awareness efficiently. However, changes in the space environment over the last decade challenge our operations. Today, space is increasingly contested as our systems face threats of disruption and attack, increasingly competitive as more states, private firms, and others develop space-based capabilities, and increasingly congested with orbital debris.
"Together with other departments and agencies, the Department of Defense will take a number of steps to support the new National Space Policy, and will work with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to develop a strategy document to address specific national security requirements for outer space. We will look to leverage growing international and commercial expertise to enhance U.S. capabilities and reduce vulnerabilities.
"Finally, we will pursue activities consistent with the inherent right of self-defense, deepen cooperation with allies and friends, and work with all nations toward the responsible and peaceful shared presence in space."