Accession Number:

ADA463468

Title:

Strategies for Defeating Commercial Imagery Systems

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL CENTER FOR STRATEGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

High-quality space-based imagery, once among Americas most closely held secrets for force enhancement, is now openly available through commercial providers. The United States faces questions of how to keep this source of valuable intelligence information from its adversaries, and whether it is even possible or desirable to do so. This paper addresses strategies for countering the threat to military operations posed by commercial earth-sensing satellites. The paper emphasizes technical countermeasures, using a combination of nodal and value analysis to arrive at possible solutions. It also considers strategies necessary to make those countermeasures militarily useful and politically acceptable. The result of the research is a recommendation for long-term pursuit of co-orbital weapons with reversible effects, while in the short term, integrating current technology into ground-based and airborne radio-frequency jammers and low-power lasers for point defense. In the process it highlights the need for surge capacity in space lift, so the United States can have a defensive space-control capability without accelerating the arms race in space.

Subject Categories:

  • Space Warfare
  • Optical Countermeasures
  • Military Intelligence
  • Radar Countermeasures
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE