Accession Number:

ADA523255

Title:

Space Information: Key to Military Dominance

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ARMY FORCES STRATEGIC COMMAND HUNTSVILLE AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

Recent military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have highlighted the importance integrated technology has had on the conduct of warfare as it is used to support joint warfighters on the modern battlefield. Nowhere is this change more significant than the contributions by Space-based systems and products. The changes in warfares depth, breadth, simultaneity, speed and surgical nature have significantly increased the way we utilize Space to conduct warfare, from tactical to strategic levels. Command decisions can be made and executed rapidly, aggressively and decisively because of our Space-based assets. Information relayed beyond line of sight distances by Space data links has demonstrated time and again a distinct additive value. The use of Space information sources and real time Space data links to support decision processes enhance our ability to plan and structure the most advantageous time and location to engage the enemy. Knowledge of the battlefield from a global perspective allows rapid movement of combat and combat support capabilities to ensure the right force is generated and sustained at the right place and time. Information from Space assets gives us accurate weather dynamics as we anticipate weather effects on combat operations. This knowledge allows us to adjust planning and operations to maximize our advantages and minimize our disadvantages. For focused surgical engagements, Space information supports delivery of the right munitions and force elements at the right place and at the right time to achieve maximum effects on the enemy while minimizing collateral damage. The resulting shock and awe can demoralize the enemys will to continue, and thus shortens the time of conflict. These greatly shortened decision and execution times also contribute to reduced casualties, friendly and enemy. We plan to maintain our decisive edge in combat, and that means staying on top of new technologies and capabilities embedded in the future force structure.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE