Accession Number:

ADA242608

Title:

Space and the Airland Battle

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis 1 Aug 90-7 Jun 91,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-06-07

Pagination or Media Count:

223.0

Abstract:

This study investigates how well the potential of space technology is incorporated by the Army into its warfighting doctrine. The study examines the potential benefits of space systems for the military, focusing on Communications, Navigation, Reconnaissance and Surveillance, and Weather support. It evaluates which aspects of the warfighting doctrines, both AirLand Battle and its successor AirLand Battle Future, can be enhanced by the use of space systems. It describes the current Army space infrastructure and makes a determination as to its effectiveness in integrating space into the Armys day to day operations. The Army already uses space technology to some extent in its operations. Examples cited from Americas recent conflicts, particularly those from Operation DESERT STORM, indicate that the Army recognizes the utility of space assets and is endeavoring to find ways to effectively use them. The study concludes that the Army should be tactical and operational user of space services, not a strategic operation of space systems, but that it does not yet fully accept that situation. Consequently, Army space operations remain somewhat unfocused, with emphasis shifting between support of national strategic requirements and the needs of the Armys operational and tactical level AirLand Battle commanders.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE