Accession Number : ADA296485

Title :   Violating the Sanctuary. The Decision to Arm Space.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Tommy C.

PDF Url : ADA296485

Report Date : 17 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : This study examines the decision to deploy a space-based kinetic kill vehicle (SBKHV) by examining the validity, feasibility, suitability, and acceptability of such a deployment. Determining validity entails verifying that a need exists for the type of capability such a weapon might possess. By examining the development of other conventional weapons capabilities, one may define the operational need behind that development. For example, numerous programs are underway to address the long-term need to extend the standoff engagement range of conventional (non-stealthy) aircraft using precision-guided munitions (PGMs). Other initiatives seek to improve the ability to destroy hardened point targets and to conduct Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD). Addressing the feasibility of deploying space-based weapons involves examining the capability of technology to meet the needs of various missions. Initial investigations reveal that relatively "off the shelf" technology could support the development of a SBKKV using hypervelocity impact to destroy terrestrial targets.

Descriptors :   *DEPLOYMENT, *GUIDED WEAPONS, *SPACE WEAPONS, *SPACE BASED, WEAPONS, AIR DEFENSE, AIRCRAFT, HYPERVELOCITY IMPACT, TARGETS, PRECISION, AMMUNITION, ENEMY, KINETICS, INTERCEPTORS, EARTH(PLANET), HARDENING, KILL MECHANISMS, ACCEPTABILITY, DEFENSE SUPPRESSION.

Subject Categories : Space Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE