A solar superstorm event is just thing for the U.S. Space Corps, ostensibly created to defend Earth against existential threats from outer space. The Center for Strategic and International Studies did a propaganda documentary The Story Behind The Space Force.
Like any new organization, they have a learning curve…
In HELSTAF, Admiral Ashray is head of the U.S. Space Corps. However. Right off the bat, he shoots down Waco’s ozone-repair balloon experiment (which would have solved the problem right then and there) and thereafter is obsessively focused on running down the missing nuclear warheads.
Because he’ll never forgive himself for letting Saddam Hussein keep their nuclear weapons after the First Iraq War.