The Role of a Joint Force Space Component Commander at the Operational Level of War
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The utility of a Joint Force Space Component Commander JFSCC as an additional functional component commander in a Joint Task Force JTF has been explored and debated repeatedly since Operation DESERT STORM witnessed the first substantial use of space assets in military operations. Most studies have focused on force planning by considering the feasibility of an independent U.S. Space Force. This study aims to examine the question from the perspective of joint doctrine and operational art. Joint Pub 3-14 requires a single authority to coordinate joint theater space operations and integrate space capabilities. Historically, this authority has been granted to the Joint Force Air Component Commander JFACC because the Air Force service component traditionally possesses most military space assets. Doctrine does not adequately address how space power can be related to elements of operational art. A qualified JFSCC would be uniquely positioned to take full advantage of trends in space technology and integrate space missions into campaign planning. Projected trends include space force application and operationally responsive space systems. Until such projections become reality, the space coordination authority is best left to the Joint Force Commander to implement within the existing JTF organization structure.
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