Accession Number:

ADA523980

Title:

Enabling Space Warriors for the 21st Century: Eight New Capabilities for FA40s

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Space support to tactical operations is in its infancy. We are just beginning to develop the techniques and procedures to effectively leverage our Spacebased capabilities in support of the Army and the joint warfighter. As new Space-based and ground-based capabilities are developed and fielded, FA40s will have unprecedented ability to use Space to impact operations. Our current constellations of military and intelligence collection satellites are impressive national achievements that have given the United States clear Space superiority. The Space architecture that has evolved was largely designed to support strategic objectives. This includes not only the satellites themselves and the associated sensors, but our ground stations, processing and exploitation infrastructure and dissemination systems. From the tactical perspective, Space support to the warfighter has meant adapting these strategic systems to solve tactical problems. One notable exception to this is the global positioning system GPS constellation. This constellation was designed from the outset with the tactical user in mind, and the result has been a revolution in warfare. Despite the challenges to developing and fielding capabilities, the Army Space community has had some success in leveraging strategic systems and has made some substantial contributions. With new systems and capabilities designed specifically to support the tactical user and fielded to FA40s and Space Support Elements SSEs to deliver directly to the warfighter, the impact of Army Space on operations will grow substantially. This article describes eight new capabilities that should be considered for fielding to SSEs and Space operations officers in tactical assignments. Some of these capabilities are already developed and in use, and simply need to be fielded to our Space cadre. Others will require development and testing before they will be fully operational.

Subject Categories:

  • Space Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE