Towards Improved Operational Command and Control of Space Weapons
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Recently, discussions concerning the weaponization of space have begun to reach a crescendo. Political and military leaders within the United States have started expanding the national discussion regarding this highly debated topic. This paper will not focus on the weaponization debate as a matter of policy, but rather will offer options for operational command and control of space weapons hypothetically deployed. Two broad categories are analyzed command and control using reachback, and command and control from within the theater commanders operational area. The latter is divided into two possibilities creation of a Joint Force Space Component Command JFSCC or creation of a Joint Force Air and Space Component Command JFASCC. With doctrinal guidance as a starting point, each of these options for space strike command and control is analyzed according to its advantages and disadvantages to the operational commander. The paper concludes with a rationale for future Joint Force Commanders to create a Joint Forces Space Component Command to best command and control space strike assets.
- Administration and Management
- Space Warfare
- Command, Control and Communications Systems