Accession Number:

ADA234971

Title:

Space Doctrine

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

United States military space activities have been guided by policy and technological decisions since the 1950s because little work has been done to develop and articulate coherent space doctrine. In December 1988, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Secretary of the Air Force signed a new Air Force space policy which stated that space power would assume as decisive a role in future combat operations as airpower does today. Since doctrine represents our fundamental beliefs based on our experience, it is essential that the military formulate space doctrine so it may evolve as experience is gained in space operations. This paper looks at several space doctrinal tenets and discusses their applicability. It also points to some of the obstacles that have precluded space doctrinal development. It concludes with ideas for the future in developing a space doctrine.

Subject Categories:

  • Space Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE