Responsive Space: Transforming U.S. Space Capabilities

In the April 2004 issue of Defense Horizons, Dr. Correll and his co-author propose a new strategic posture based on a war-prevention focus. American space capabilities now depend on a fixed infrastructure of large, expensive satellites. The authors argue for a complementary capability to launch small, inexpensive payloads in time of crisis to augment and reconstitute existing capabilities and perform entirely new special operation missions and global conventional strikes through space. These assets would also expand information operations beyond network defense and network attack to create effects in the minds of our adversaries and those who would support them.

Can such a Responsive Space capability be achieved? Can the Pentagon and the national security establishment use Responsive Space to do more to shape world opinion? How do current problems in the development and acquisition of space systems impact Responsive Space capabilities? Can the Responsive Space paradigm help the U.S. maintain its leadership role? Dr. Correll discusses the ideas presented in the paper in light of these current issues and uncertainties.

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