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Command and Control Across Space and Cyberspace Domains

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Technical Report

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Air War College Maxwell AFB United States

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How can command and control across the space and cyberspace domains be improved The question is important because the unique challenges to command and control when functional missions cross space and cyberspace domains can lead to confusion and mistakes when command and control responsibility is unclear. In this paper I compared and contrasted doctrinal methods to command and control in the space and cyberspace domains. I evaluated published methods to determine their effectiveness and provided Recommendations based on my findings. I also gathered and considered opinions expressed in multiple articles published in journals, magazines, periodicals and professional online websites. I evaluated the opinions on validity and efficiency by contrasting the suggested command and control methods with methods proposed by others and current practices. When my research was complete, I had sufficient background to form a method to improve command and control across the space and cyberspace domains. I applied what I learned to answer three questions 1 where does space operations stop and cyberspace operations begin 2 who has the lead command where space and cyberspace operations meet and 3 which mission area has priority when space and cyberspace operations conflict. Then I made recommendations for improving or changing current methods of command and control across those boundaries.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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