Title: Space Force 2020: A Force For The Future
Subject: An examination of USAF core copetencies and missions as they shape future space operations and operators.
Author(s): Steven R. Lootens; Ronald C. Kennedy (Faculty Advisor)
DTIC Keywords: SPACE BASED, SPACE COMMUNICATIONS, SPACE CREWS, SPACE DEFENSE, SPACE LAUNCHED, SPACE MISSIONS, SPACE NAVIGATION, SPACE SURVEILLANCE, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, SPACE WARFARE, SPACE WEAPONS
Abstract: Because of world events and legislation like Goldwater-Nichols, Air Force roles and missions continue to change, and do so under great scrutiny. In particular, military space issues have assumed even greater importance following recognition of the Persian Gulf War as "the first space war," and with the November 1996 release of the Air Force's latest White Paper, Global Engagement: A Vision for the 21st Century Air Force. This white paper included the most important USAF statement ever concerning the role of space in the future of the Air Force: "We are now transitioning from an air force into an air and space force on an evolutionary path to a space and air force." But beyond the overall direction this strategic vision provides, the Air Force does not have a clear and supportable interpretation or definition of future Air Force space operations or "uniformed" space operators. This research paper attempts to provide that interpretation and to further expand the awareness and understanding of Air Force core competencies and mission areas as they relate to space operations.