Space: The Next Area of Responsibility
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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In the years ahead military operations will become ever more dependent on space services such as global communications, reconnaissance and surveillance in near real time, missile warning, navigation, and weather forecasting. These capabilities will integrate the effects of widely dispersed platforms and forces, provide dominant battlefield awareness, and facilitate precision engagement and dominant maneuver. U.S. national interests and investments in space must thus be protected to ensure freedom of action. Space systems must be synchronized with warfighting capabilities. In turn, commanders must shape, protect, and defend space. It is time to recognize that space is a center of gravity and a critical national security responsibility.
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