Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE
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Is the Army properly postured to meet current and future space-based support needs to conduct unified land operations This monograph addresses this fundamental question in two main sections Current Army Space Operations. Considering the mandate by the National Command Authority in January 2012 to operate effectively in space, this section examines space capabilities as they are currently organized for the soldier and other joint warfighters. First, it identifies the five joint space mission areas as they compare to the Army s six warfighting functions. Next, the section presents an overview of current Army space forces, then builds the context of joint space forces and offers examples of international partnerships. Envisioned Future Army Space Operations. This section assesses current Army activities oriented to meet the evolving needs of the future space environment. This includes not only the continued integration and exploitation of existing space capabilities, but also the development and deployment of Army space support operations that provide responsive support to operational and tactical commanders in theater. Rather than delve into all joint space mission areas, it focuses on the three areas of current Army emphasis future space force enhancement, future space force application, and the connection between space and cyberspace operations. The section then compares the direction of Army space endeavors against national policy and guidance to identify any critical deficiencies or incongruities.
- Space Warfare