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Mike Rogers is a national security commentator for CNN and a former chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Ellen Tauscher served as the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs from 2009 to 2012 and is now a strategic adviser at Baker Donelson, which represents firms including defense contractors. The views expressed are their own.
(CNN)The United States has gained much from its position as a space-faring nation. Indeed, U.S. access to space has provided incredible benefit to U.S. national security, defense and the economic well-being of the nation. And in order to effectively confront current and future conflicts, combat terrorism and counter the proliferating threats worldwide, our military depends on space-based capabilities, including intelligence, GPS, and communications satellites.