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Title: Space Missions

Action: Begin with a background collage that depicts various equipment used to achieve space objectives, also the following underlined text will be used as links to rollover text:

Jt Pub 3-14 defines four space mission areas:
  • Space Control
  • Space Force Enhancement
  • Space Support
  • Space Force Application
  • Space Control: Assuring U.S. access to and freedom of operation in space, and denying enemies the same.
    Surveil operate world-wide network of radar and optical trackers to detect, identify, and track man-made space objects
    Protect enhance survivability of space assets through maneuver, hardening, redundancy, etc.
    Prevent enemies from exploiting US or Allied space services
    Negate ability of enemy to use his space services

    Space Support: Deploy, augment, sustain and replenish space forces
    Includes configuring command and control structures for space operations
    Support operations consist of:
    Space lift
    Satellite operations (telemetry, tracking and commanding),
    De-orbiting/recovery of space vehicles

    Space Force Application: Attacks against terrestrial-based targets carried out by military weapons systems operating in or through space.
    No force applications currently in space
    ICBMs travel through space
    Many other force applications are enabled or enhanced by space systems

    Voice: JtPub 3-14 breaks out military space operations into four mission areas: space control; space force enhancement; space support; and space force application. Space control involves operations by land, sea, air, space and/or special operations forces by which space superiority is gained and maintained to assure friendly forces can use the space environment while denying its use to the enemy. To accomplish this space forces must surveil space, protect our ability to use space, prevent adversaries from exploiting US or allied space services, and negate the ability of adversaries to exploit their space forces. Space support consists of operations to deploy, augment, sustain and replenish space forces. This includes the configuration of command and control structures for space operations. Support operations include space lift; satellite operations such as telemetry, tracking and commanding; and the de-orbiting and recovery of space vehicles, when required. Space force application consists of attacks against terrestrial-based targets carried out by military weapon systems operating in or through space. Currently, there are no force application assets operating in space but intercontinental ballistic missiles operate through space and their use would be considered a space force application. Space capabilities, however, fill a crucial role in other force applications like JDAM employment. As such, space capabilities can be considered an indispensable element of any force application. Space force enhancement involves direct support to the warfighter and we’ll look at it in greater detail. Information about the other missions can be reviewed by moving your cursor over them.

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