Rationale for Space Control as an Army Mission
ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ARMY FORCES STRATEGIC COMMAND HUNTSVILLE AL
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Terrestrial-based Space control is in the Army domain, it is an Army responsibility and, while it has not been codified as an Army mission, it clearly falls within the Army realm of operations - the Army has a specific interest in using it because it directly supports land operations. There are some who hope it will indeed be codified as an Army mission in the near future. The draft Army Space Control Mission Need Analysis lists the mission develop, operate, and maintain ground based Space control capabilities that support assured access to Space enablers, ensure freedom of action of Space systems and, if directed, to deny same to our adversaries. Space control operations ensure freedom of action in Space for the United States and its allies, and, when directed, deny an adversary freedom of action in Space. Space control involves four interrelated objectives Surveil Space to be aware of the presence of Space assets and to understand real time satellite mission operations. Protect our Space systems from hostile actions. Prevent unauthorized access to, and exploitation of our Space systems. Negate hostile Space systems that place our interests at risk.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Defense Systems
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Space Warfare