Extending Operational Reach: A Future Chinese Threat Scenario to the US Space Domain
Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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Over the last few decades the US military has seen a Revolution in Military Affairs in regards to the development of new technologies specifically space-based assets. The US Army has transitioned from previously used techniques for navigation and communications to a more technology focused technique employing Global Positioning Satellites and the use of satellite communications. China has observed this shift of military affairs from the US and has developed strategies to counter the Americas perceived advantage in the space domain. China has developed a robust Anti-AccessArea Denial Capability A2AD that focuses on disrupting or degrading the US Militarys reliance on technology specifically those space-based assets that provide navigation, positioning, and timing, satellite communications, and imagery to name a few. The new concept of Multi-Domain Battle MDB and the development of a Multi-Domain Task Force MDTF will create a relative position of advantage for US forces in all domains against adversaries that threaten these critical space-based capabilities. The research compiled for this monograph comes from sources such as RAND, Strategic Studies Institute, and other authors on the China threat from the A2AD perspective to overmatch the US Militarys advantages in the space domain. This monograph attempts to nest space capabilities within the construct of this new concept. Also highlighted is the US Army Space and Missile Defense Commands Army Space Training Strategys recent attempts to provide training to US Army units on degraded space environments during home-station and Combined Training Centers CTC training events.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics