The U.S. Space Command, the agency that oversees
all U.S. military space
operations, by year's end is expected to unveil at least two major
documents that are expected to have a major impact on the U.S. space
operations in the decades ahead, according to the head of the command.
The documents will focus on space-power theory
that could lead to a
joint operating doctrine for all space forces and on a long-range plan
that will stress the importance of preparing for a future in space that
might include attacks on satellites and even space conflicts.
"These are important times [for space forces],
and these will be crucial
documents," Gen. Howell Estes said in a recent interview. As the
military's top space official, Estes oversees NORAD [North American Air
Defense Command], the U.S. Space Command, and the Air Force Space
He provided these details:
* Space Power Theory: This document would pave the way for a joint
doctrine that would address warfighting and peacetime strategies for all
space forces, and,
* Long-Range Plan: This document will look at all the short-and
long-term aspects of space, including the expanding importance of the
U.S. commercial space industry and future space scenarios that include
potential attacks on satellites and the possibility of a space war.
In addition to the two documents, Estes is
also looking at a plan that
would broaden the authority of future space command chiefs, giving them
the scope and power of regional commanders in chief. This would mean
that future space operations would be integrated into all aspects of
air, land and sea operations-not just space.
Since becoming the military's top space official
in 1996, Estes
repeatedly has said that his main goal is to make space an integral part
of military operations and not a "stovepipe that is ignored by large
segments of the military."
"Space is not a stovepipe and needs to be an
integrated part of U.S.
military operations so that we [space forces] can do what we need to do
in terms of supporting the things that our national leaders ask us to
do," Estes said.
Defense Daily reports that both documents should
be completed by the end
[Emphasis added. Remember Linda Moulton Howe's concern about the potential for a war in space? Seems there was some justification for her concern. Ed.]
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