Developing Tomorrows Space War Fighter: The Argument for Contracting Out Satellite Operations
Air Force Research Institute Maxwell AFB United States
To date, space has been a fairly unchallenged environment to work in. The threat, however, is growing. As General Hyten stated, the priority of Air Force Space Command AFSPC is to continue to provide operational capability, even in a threatened environment. As the chance of a war in space intensifies, developing AFSPC personnel who are equipped to win tomorrows fight will be increasingly necessary. Tomorrows space war fighter will need to possess a broad range of skills to deal with potential threats to our space systems. As we move forward, our focus needs to move from operating satellites in an uncontested setting to ensuring that satellite effects are available even in a congested, contested, and competitive space environment. To develop space war fighters who are educated, experienced, and prepared to win tomorrows fight, AFSPC should contract out day-to-day satellite command and control and shift the space operators focus to defending our nations space assets.
Air and Space Power Journal , 01 Jan 0001, 01 Jan 0001,