Space and the Joint Fight
By Robert L. Butterworth
Strategic Forum 275
Feb. 1, 2012 —
- Technology has extended space
progressively deeper into warfare,
while potential adversaries are
working to extend warfare further
into space. The former calls
for new arrangements to provide
tactical space reconnaissance; the
latter demands recognizing where
and how space is essential to the
emerging joint fight.
- The measure of merit for military
space is enhanced combat capability.
Military space must evolve to
the assured provision of uniquely
essential space capabilities designed,
acquired, and operated to
enable combat effects that bring
success on the battlefield.
- Planning for tactical space reconnaissance
largely reflects the efforts
of previous decades to extract
warfighting support from systems
designed for other purposes and
operated by another community.
Substantial analytic work is needed
to shape effective responses both
to foreign threats (soon) and to
budget exigencies (sooner).
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