Spacepower Is ‘Catastrophically Decisive’ In War: New Space Force Doctrine

WASHINGTON: The Space Force’s long-awaited capstone doctrine sets out the new service’s raison d’etre, which includes providing decision-makers with potentially war-winning “spacepower” options for attacking enemy satellites in future conflicts.

The Space Capstone Publication: Spacepower “represents our Service’s first articulation of an independent theory of spacepower. This publication answers why spacepower is vital for our Nation, how military spacepower is employed, who military space forces are, and what military space forces value,” says Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond in the forward, released today.


AFSPC Mulls Intel, Personnel Questions of the New Space Age

Figuring out how to keep a closer eye on what?s happening in outer space?rather than using space to peer down at the Earth?is among the uncharted capability and personnel issues the Air Force must navigate as a possible Space Force comes to fruition, according to the deputy commander of Air Force Space Command.

?When you think of space and intelligence together, you might be like me,? Maj. Gen. John Shaw said at a Sept. 5 conference hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance in National Harbor, Md. ?In my career, I think about intelligence collection in space, coming down to the Earth?intelligence from space. We need to think really, really hard now about intelligence for space. Where is that intelligence expertise, the processes, the capabilities we have to understand what?s actually happening in the space environment??


Op-ed | The U.S. Space Force must be independent but not insular

Our armed forces stand on the brink of historic change ? the standup of a United States Space Force. The inception of a new armed service will be followed by an extensive discussion and debate on the missions, functions and resources that will be needed. Without question, setting the new service up for success will require a balancing act ? a thoughtful balance between integration with the other services and domains, and independence to address the unique challenges of space.

Now is the time, at the inception of the Space Force, to get this harmony right, especially as potential adversaries are rapidly developing their own space capabilities to deny America and allies the use of space in crisis or war.


Is This Space?s ?Billy Mitchell Moment?? Let?s Hope Not

Some proponents of a separate U.S. Space Force compare today?s situation to the interwar years, when Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell risked his career to promote military aviation despite an obstinate Army and Navy. But Mitchell?s divisive advocacy tactics and corrosive view of inter-service cooperation would erode the sentiments of interdependence, collaboration, and trust that today?s U.S. military must rely on as it looks to transform military spacepower.

Mitchell is rightfully lauded for his vision as an airpower theorist, but he must also be scrutinized for the divisive tactics he employed to advance his views. Thomas Wildenberg?s book Billy Mitchell?s War with the Navy demonstrates how Mitchell deliberately enflamed interservice rivalries to advance an independent air force. As Wildenberg shows, Mitchell?s willingness to use divisive tactics manifested just one year after the Great War drew to a close. Testifying before the Senate Committee on Military Affairs in 1919, Mitchell accused the Navy of refusing to embrace airpower, which he predicted would ultimately ?carry the war to such an extent in the air as to almost make navies useless on the surface of the waters.? Two months later, he returned to Congress to declare that ?I think the flying personnel of Naval Aviation are really in favor of [a separate air service] but hesitate to express their opinions because they are all junior officers and because the senior officers are against it largely, I believe, from lack of familiarity of the subject.?


Air Force leaders on space deterrence: ?At some point, we?ve got to hit back?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., and WASHINGTON ? Deterrence was the watchword among U.S. Air Force leadership during last week?s Space Symposium, and officials stated in strong terms that the United States is prepared to enact a show of force to prove its ability to respond to threats in space.

?There may come a point where we demonstrate some capabilities so that our adversaries understand that they will not be able to deny us the use of space without consequences,? Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters during a Wednesday roundtable.


Concerns grow about Space Force diverting funds from other military priorities

WASHINGTON ? Political disagreements aside, the Trump administration?s push to create a separate branch of the military for space is being challenged on grounds that an expensive bureaucracy could undermine the central goal of boosting military capabilities to defend satellites and the nation?s access to space.

Vice President Mike Pence said the administration would ask Congress for $8 billion over the next five years to get the Space Force off the ground. It?s unclear if Pence meant this would be new money to be added to the Pentagon budget top line or whether these funds would be redirected from other accounts. Experts are warning that if the Space Force is set up as an independent service, its substantial administrative costs could eat up funds that might otherwise be spent training and equipping forces with next-generation space technology.

OPINION: ‘There won’t be many prizes for second place’

Humankind’s fascination with space is timeless-but our exploration of space is only just beginning. Our ability to explore and inhabit the heavens will soon catch up with the wistful dreaming of our ancestors. Before long, reality will eclipse fantasy as we go, build, develop, and explore the far reaches of our galaxy, beyond the wildest dreams of those who came before us. Rapid technological progress is making access to space cheaper, more powerful, and more reliable. We see titans of industry staking personal fortunes to explore and develop space. And we see the military taking an ever-more active role in defending space from those who would deny its advantages. But these moves are just the beginning. As the human quest for adventure leads inevitably deeper into space, we would be wise to act with urgency across the spectrum of society to ensure that humanity’s approach to developing space is in keeping with our values. Our destiny as Americans is in space. But we must act quickly if we want to shape that destiny for the good, before others shape it for us.