Accession Number:

ADA517950

Title:

Space Strategy: A Call to Arms for the Sea Services

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Much of todays innovation in warfare involves space enabled technologies, such as precision weapons using global positioning system information, missile defense systems designed to engage enemy missiles in the lowest regions of outer space, and information operations utilizing orbiting satellites. Indeed, space-enabled technologies play a pivotal role within U.S. national security strategy, which has led some to conclude that the United States is more dependent on space than any other nation. As executive agent for space issues within the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force is responsible for overseeing military space operations and requirements. Choosing the Air Force for this role seems reasonable for decades, space systems have been declared high-flying air forces. Unfortunately, many professionals within the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have long assumed that the sea Services have little to contribute regarding the formulation of space strategy. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. The sea Services already support the warfighter through space-enabled technologies.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE