Accession Number : ADA323642

Title :   Centralized Control of Space: The Use of Space Forces by a Joint Force Commander.

Descriptive Note : Master thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Kelly, Ricky B.

PDF Url : ADA323642

Report Date : 22 SEP 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to determine to what extent and how the Joint Force Commander (JFC) should control support from space forces. Current Air Force doctrine, as delineated in Air Force Manual (AFM) 1-1, identifies the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) as being responsible for both air and space for the theater. This statement follows the Air Force notion that air and space are an indivisible medium of warfare. On the other hand, Joint Pub 3-14 states the Operations Directorate, J-3, on the supported commander's (the JFC's) staff functions in this role. To examine this issue of in-theater control of space forces more closely, this study is divided into five chapters. Following the Introduction, Chapter 2 looks into how space forces were planned for and employed during Desert Storm. This chapter discusses who was in-charge and what planning processes were used. In Chapter 3, lessons and initiatives to improve planning and employment of support from space forces are discussed. Chapter 4 explores the possible need to have one individual in-theater clearly identified as being responsible for directing space forces. Centralized control, similar to air, may have beneficial effects that allow joint commanders to take better advantage of space forces' full potential. The study concludes by offering recommendations.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *AERIAL WARFARE, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *SPACE WARFARE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, LESSONS LEARNED, SPACE SURVEILLANCE, MILITARY DOCTRINE, COMBAT SUPPORT, THESES, STRATEGIC WARFARE, MILITARY COMMANDERS, AIR POWER, AIR FORCE PLANNING, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, AIR LAND BATTLES, AIR INTELLIGENCE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE