Accession Number : ADA327854

Title :   Department of Defense Space Program: An Executive Overview for FY 1998-2003.

Corporate Author : SPACE COMMAND PETERSON AFB CO

PDF Url : ADA327854

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : Many space functions, processes and programs have been addressed to the extent that an overview document allows. Many occupy the full attention of dedicated experts across the space community as we look to a new century in which space products and services are increasingly integrated into our daily lives, as well as into the ways we manage crises and, if need be, wage war. The challenges are many, but the following areas will merit our special attention: (1) Support to Warfighters, namely - making sure that space programs are consumer-oriented; fully educating the warfighters on uses and the utility of space; ensuring that information dominance is a reality; and enhancing coalition operations through international cooperation in space.(2) Management, specifically - continued improvements in efficiencies and economies; and continued integration of the defense and intelligence space programs. (3) Communications, with emphasis on - eliminating the movement of information as a constraint on the warfighter; transitioning our legacy MILSATCOM systems to the approved future architecture; and efficiently investing $50-60 billion over the next twenty years for modernization. (4)Launch, with emphasis on - drastically reducing the cost-per-pound of spacelift; reducing launch turnaround times from months to hours; and modernization and maintenance of the launch functions's ground infrastructure.

Descriptors :   *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *SPACE MISSIONS, NATIONAL SECURITY, SPACE SURVEILLANCE, NAVIGATION SATELLITES, NATIONAL DEFENSE, RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITES, INFRASTRUCTURE.

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Military Intelligence
      Space Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE