Accession Number : ADA294448

Title :   Military Man in Space Essential to National Strategy.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 94-Apr 95,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Carretto, Joseph A., Jr

PDF Url : ADA294448

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : The United States has never had a consistent policy regarding the use of military men and women in space. At a time when the United States, and much of the developed world,has become critically dependent on space assets, continued inconsistency may prove detrimental to U.S. national interests. This paper proposes that using military "soldiers" in space is important to the national security of the United States. It begins with a review of the way space systems impact national policy today, and how that might change over the next few decades. Subsequent chapters focus on the unique talents humans bring to space operations, citing case histories in which astronauts and cosmonauts made the difference between mission success or failure. Following is a history of previous military programs designed to use or explore the use of military astronauts. Despite the cancellation of those programs, there are still potential roles for military personnel in space, and they are discussed as well. Space doctrine should be the same as that for air, sea or land. Space is simply another potential battlefield.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *SPACE MISSIONS, USSR, MILITARY PERSONNEL, WARFARE, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ARMY PERSONNEL, MILITARY DOCTRINE, HUMANS, MISSION PROFILES, CASE STUDIES, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, SPACE CREWS, COMBAT FORCES, MANNED SPACECRAFT, ASTRONAUTS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Space Warfare
      Manned Spacecraft
      Government and Political Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE