Accession Number : ADA309600

Title :   New World Vistas: Air and Space Power for the 21st Century. Space Technology Volume.

Corporate Author : SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD (AIR FORCE) WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA309600

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 125

Abstract : The Space Technology Panel's recommendations for technology investments derive from a vision of the Air Force in space in the 21St century, in which the Air Force has achieved survivable, on demand, real time, global presence that is affordable. This vision represents a revolutionary increase in capabilities for the Air Force and is achievable with targeted Air Force technology investments and adaptation of commercial developments. These technology investments will enable the US to maintain military superiority by the exploitation of space through four themes: (1) Global Awareness, (2) Knowledge on Demand, (3) Space Control, and (4) Force Application. Space will continue to be the proverbial high ground for the foreseeable future. Operation Desert Storm showed that space assets integrated with air, ground, and sea assets can play a critical role as force enhancers in fighting and winning conflict. Senior Air Force leadership asserts that 'space systems signal America's stature as a world power and aerospace nation. Control of space and access to it are fundamental to economic and military security. Ask the 20 foreign countries who will have space capabilities by the year 2000: a presence in space implies influence, power and security.' The space enterprise can be divided roughly into four areas: Launch systems, Spacecraft bus systems, Spacecraft payload systems, and Spacecraft operations.

Descriptors :   *SPACE TECHNOLOGY, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, GROUND LEVEL, GLOBAL, IRAQ, PAYLOAD, SPACECRAFT, ECONOMICS, SPACE SYSTEMS, REAL TIME, SECURITY, AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, LAUNCHING, AIR POWER, AWARENESS, PANEL(COMMITTEE), SPACE BASED.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems
      Space Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE