Accession Number:

ADA483493

Title:

Expanding the Targeting Process into the Space Domain

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

The current targeting cycle used by the services relies heavily upon the use of space assets. The Global Positioning System GPS and satellite communications are just a few of these assets accessed thousands of times a day. With technology growing by leaps and bounds, it is a challenge for tactical and operational commanders to keep up with the growing capabilities offered by space-borne platforms. Having this in-depth knowledge can assist in all facets of combat, from the best time to attack, to acquiring and relaying battle damage assessment BDA and combat assessment CA. One of the most vital roles for the warfighter is targeting. Effective targeting, with the right munitions on the right target at the right time, can make a difference in the battle and the overall war. Just as one misplaced or inaccurate bomb can fall on a peaceful village resulting in unwanted collateral damage and bad publicity immediately fed back to the U.S. impacting public opinion. Properly placed effects can shorten the span of a conflict, save lives, and satisfy strategic requirements. Space is a critical link in this process and is not being effectively used to its utmost capability. This thesis will discuss methods and databases through which space capabilities can be better integrated into the current targeting cycle.

Subject Categories:

  • Navigation and Guidance
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE