Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support

Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support
Evolving Army Needs for Space-Based Support
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The U.S. Army has been involved with space-based military operations for well over half a century. During this time, space operations have changed from a realm exclusive to scientists and engineers, to highly classified activities largely unknown to the general population, to the unveiling of space-based communication, cyberspace operations, imagery, surveillance, and environment capabilities that have become a foundation for all modern warfare. Today, such support is so ingrained into daily operations that most soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines assume it has been, and always will be, available for their use. But with such reliance comes vulnerability that potential adversaries may try to exploit. The evolution of Army space operations is well documented in many sources. This monograph serves not as a comprehensive history or detailed critique of their accomplishments, but as a primer for current and future space-based operations to provide senior policymakers, decisionmakers, military leaders, and their respective staffs an overall appreciation for existing Army space capabilities and the challenges, opportunities, and risks associated with their use in joint operations.

About the Author:
JEFFREY L. CATON is President of Kepler Strategies LLC, Carlisle, PA, a veteran-owned small business specializing in national security, cyberspace theory, and aerospace technology. He is also an Intermittent Professor of Program Management with Defense Acquisition University. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Caton served on the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) faculty, including as Associate Professor of Cyberspace Operations and Defense Transformation Chair. Over the past 5 years, he has presented lectures on cyberspace and space issues related to international security in the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Kazakhstan, and the Czech Republic supporting programs such as the Partnership for Peace Consortium and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence. His current work includes research on cyberspace and space issues as part of the External Research Associates Program of the Strategic Studies Institute, USAWC, as well as serving as a facilitator for Combined/Joint Land Force Component Commander courses at the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, USAWC. Mr. Caton served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, working in engineering, space operations, joint operations, and foreign military sales, including command at the squadron and group level. Mr. Caton holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Air War College.

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United States Code, 2012 Edition, V. 34, Title 50, War and National Defense to Title 51, National Commercial Space Programs can be found at this link: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/052-001-00651-8

NASA's First A: Aeronautics From 1958 to 2008 can be found at this link: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/033-000-01364-7

Space Handbook: A War Fighter\'s Guide to Space, V. 1 can be found at this link: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-070-00687-1

Space Warriors: The Army Space Support Team can be found at this link: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-029-00393-7

Army Support of Military Cyberspace Operations: Joint Contexts and Global Escalation Implications can be found at this link: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-000-01094-3


Policy makers, policy analysts, military leaders and personnel, as well as military strategists could use this publication to assess a way forward as modern warfare changes amid budget restraints.

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  • United States, Army, Operational readiness
  • Aeronautics, Military, United States
  • Space Based Support
  • Unified operations (Military science)
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