The Army's Interest in Space Control
ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ARMY FORCES STRATEGIC COMMAND HUNTSVILLE AL
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The Army is critically dependent on Space capabilities to enable and enhance land warfare. Virtually every Army operation uses Space capabilities to some degree. Today, we use Space largely for its ability to enhance the effectiveness of our combat forces. We can communicate navigate target, find, and fix the enemy anticipate weather and protect our forces based on combat and support assets available from Space. We also strive to control Space so adversaries cannot overcome our asymmetrical advantages in Space. Space provides tremendous leverage to the Armys land warfare capability. The Army views Space as a vertical extension of the battlefield and an integral part of the battlespace, one that has been especially instrumental during the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. The Armys transformation also integrates Space into all phases of planning and operations as a core element of that process. The Armys future force, serving as part of the joint force, will be even more adaptable and lethal, leveraging the capabilities of the ultimate high ground. The nature of warfighting is changing rapidly, and the Armys strategic role in Space is evolving as a result. Our dependence on Space will increase in the future as Space-based capabilities enable the future force concepts of information superiority, enhanced situational awareness and high-tempo, non-contiguous operations. Space use will increase as technology propels us toward more flexible and less expensive access, and development of more comprehensive Space warfighting tools. History and the march of technology tell us that the time will come when we use Space not only to enhance land warfighting capabilities, but also for direct combat, in other words, force application from Space.
- Space Warfare