Accession Number : ADA266871


Title :   Space Countersurveillance: A Requisite for Theater Defense Planning


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS


Personal Author(s) : Meyer, Donald A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a266871.pdf


Report Date : 17 May 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 38


Abstract : The first space war has been successfully fought hundreds of miles above the sands of the Middle East, and U.S. space warriors are now contemplating future conflicts and how space can better contribute to operational success on the battlefield. However, the lessons of U.S. space dominance during Desert Storm also received much attention from other nations -- many of which U.S. forces may someday face in a future skirmish. These nations have learned the value of space assets and are busily seeking to acquire a space surveillance capability of their own. The U.S. national military strategy calls for its forces to exercise space control and deny potential enemies use of the space medium when necessary -- but does the U.S. possess the weapons and plans to successfully accomplish this task? This paper examines both U.S. and enemy capabilities in the space warfare realm. Further, it suggests that the U.S. can better organize its space warfare personnel under a Space Component Commander concept to successfully accomplish the space countersurveillance mission at the theater level of operational warfare.


Descriptors :   *SPACE SURVEILLANCE , *ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES , *SPACE WARFARE , WEAPONS , CONTROL , WARFARE , MILITARY STRATEGY , BATTLEFIELDS , PERSONNEL , VALUE , ATTENTION , RECONNAISSANCE , SURVEILLANCE , ENEMY , CONFLICT , MISSIONS , NATIONS , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , STRATEGY , MIDDLE EAST


Subject Categories : Space Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE