Accession Number:

ADA279372

Title:

There are No Space Wars, How do CINCs Fight Using Space Forces?

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-02-08

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

Space forces are not yet capable of fighting a war in space, but analysts have concentrated their efforts on developing operational art concepts and doctrine for a war in space. Although this is and important area for evaluation, it does not address the more fundamental issue of how current forces can attribute to the terrestrial battle. This paper examines how the attention focused on fighting a space war has left the CINCs without a clear perception of the space capabilities and proposes a method for understanding and employing these forces. The paper begins by giving background information on operational art and current space forces. It then examines operational analysis which focuses on space wars and shows how this did not provide the commanders with the framework to employ current space forces. Finally, a proposal is made on how to apply operational level thinking to integrated current space capabilities in the planning, execution and sustainment of operational level warfare.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Antisatellite Defense Systems
  • Space Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE