The U.S. government’s restrictive security clearance process is hindering its ability to access cutting-edge space technology and protect sensitive information from foreign espionage.
For years, space industry executives bemoaned the amount of time employees waited for security clearance investigations to conclude. While there are some improvements, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed some clearance investigations.
The National Security Space Association seeks reforms in “space security policy, practices and governance structures.”
When the nonprofit Space Foundation began devoting the first day of its annual Space Symposium to cybersecurity in 2010, the forum was unclassified. In recent years, however, the event has been restricted to U.S. citizens with Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information or code-word clearance.