Defending the High Ground: How Should Pacific Command's Theater Campaign Plan Evolve in Light of the Peoples' Republic of China Counterspace Initiatives?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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While not a direct threat, the current rate and scope of the Peoples Republic of Chinas modernization does challenge Pacific Command USPACOM theater campaign planners. The current USPACOM strategy is predicated on the need for Partnership, Presence, and Readiness. Given the critical nature of the space domain to USPACOM, the command requires a space superiority framework consisting of enhanced military-space to military-space relations, a new organizational construct for U.S. Strategic Command to support USPACOM as well as an advanced training construct designed to increase USPACOM readiness. Analysis indicates that these three areas while making independent progress at varying rates lack a common framework to achieve integrated and sustained progress in meeting the intent of Commander, USPACOM. Consequently, a space superiority framework is required to synchronize space operations efforts in USPACOM theater campaign plans primary lines of operation--Partnership, Presence, and Readiness.
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