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Defending Our Satellites: The Need for Electronic Warfare Education and Training

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Air Force Research Institute Maxwell AFB United States

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The US military enjoys tremendous advantages over any potential adversary because of its exploitation of space capabilities. It is of paramount importance that Air Force Space Command AFSPC position its Airmen to defend and protect Americas space advantage in the contested space environment of the present and future. AFSPC can best develop space Airmen to win tomorrows fight in this contested environment by significantly improving and expanding education and training in the use of electronic warfare to defend US satellites and improve their survivability. The following discussion first describes why improving space system survivability is critical to US war fighting. It then explores and compares the role of electronic warfare in aircraft survivability to the space domain to demonstrate how prowess in electronic warfare is essential for successful defensive space control. The article next describes the current state of electronic warfare education and training for space operators. Finally, it explores suggestions for improving space leaders readiness to win in electronic warfare in order to defend Americas space advantage.

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