What the Warfighter Should Know About Space. A Report on U.S. Space Command Joint Space Support Teams
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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U.S. Space Command USSPACECOM began an outreach program in 1993 to better support the regional warfighting Commanders in Chief CINCs. The main emphasis of this initiative was to train a group of officers from within the command on exactly what space had to offer the warfighter, and deploy them to the individual CINCs to integrate space into their resident missions, tasks and operations plans. These officers formed what came to be known as the Joint Space Support Teams JSST. The customer oriented approach that began to develop by the use of these teams was in no small measure spurred on a few years earlier by the dramatic, yet apparently ad hoc methodology of the Scud warning reports transmitted to coalition forces during the Gulf War. From this inauspicious beginning, many planners and operational commanders wondered what other space products were available to support or enhance the warfighters efforts. In this paper, the organization of the JSST teams, their mission, and exactly what they had to bring to the table in the way of enhancing the waging of war will be examined. Furthermore, interspersed throughout the discussion will be a look into what is now occurring to improve that support. Finally, the conclusion will briefly discuss what could, or should, be done to better support the warfighter in the future.
- Space Warfare