Accession Number:

AD1144210

Title:

Threatening Celestial Lines of Communication: A Naval Counterspace Concept for Deterring China's Preemptive Space Strike

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Research Paper]

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2021-05-12

Pagination or Media Count:

20

Abstract:

This paper submits a new space deterrence concept for future United States Space Command operations. United States Space Commands current space conflict deterrence strategy relies too heavily on integrating space capabilities across the joint services. This paper reverses this perspective and examines how United States Space Command could repurpose existing joint weapon platforms to deter aggressive space competitors. Naval surface action groups are the focal point of this deterrent concept. Surface action groups counterspace weapons are analyzed to determine if they provide a credible threat to the Peoples Republic of Chinas celestial lines of communication. The weapons examined include the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile model E, the ANSLQV5, and the Standard Missile-3 Blocks IB and IIA. The paper concludes with recommendations to transform the deterrence concept into a viable option for United States Space Command.

Descriptors:

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]