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The Military Space Plane: Providing Transformational and Responsive Global Precision Striking Power: Part 3

Status Report From: Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), USAF
Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

Note: This paper is also available in Word and Acrobat formats.

A White Paper on the Operational Utility of a Military Spaceplane in the Emerging 21st Century International Security Environment

Proposed by members of ONE TEAM in Conjunction With the 120 Day Reusable Launch Vehicle Study

DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed in this paper are solely those of the authors. This paper does not represent the views, policies, or plans of NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the United States Government. No classified documents were referenced in the preparation of this paper.

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CONFLICT PHASrpri

TASK

MSP TASKS

TYPICAL GSTF TARGET SET

MSP TARGET SET

TARGET PRIORITIES

COMPLIMENTARY PBA PRIORITIES

             

Pre-Hostility

Preemptive actions to mitigate conflict

May include pre-emptive strikes

Intelligence preparation of the battlespace

ISR and space control constellation enhancement

Pre-emptive strike–produce desired operational effects as required with CAVs armed with unitary penetrators, small diameter bombs, general purpose weapons, LOCASS, etc

ISR and space controlミaugment current IMINT, SIGINT, COMINT and MASINT sensors and space control constellations–generate on orbit systems from base force to enhanced and execution force levels as required

Long range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs)

IADS (command & control centers)

Space control threats,

Anti-access threats (WMD, ballistic and cruise missiles) and Red Force aircraft

Hard and deeply buried targets

Key nodes of C2 network

Storage facilities for conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction

Ready storage of ballistic and cruise missiles

C3I

National level leadership control nodes

Corps/Division control nodes

Brigade level nodes and less important higher/cable bunkers

IADS

Sector and Intercept Operations Centers and

National Headquarters

Early Warning, Ground Control Intercept and SAMs

Space Control Threats

WMD and missile launch and storage sites

HIGH THREAT ENVIRONMENT

Space–Persistent Operations

  • AMTI/GMTI
  • IMINT–EO, IR, SAR, ISAR, MSI, HSI, UV
  • ELINT
  • SIGINT
  • MASINT

UAV–Passive Collection Operations

  • IMINT–EO, IR, MSI, HSI, UV
  • ELINT
  • SIGNIT
  • MASINT

AIRBORNE–Peripheral Operations Only

  • AWACS
  • JSTARS
  • Guardrail
  • Rivet Joint
  • MC2A

CONFLICT PHASE

TASK

MSP TASKS

TYPICAL GSTF TARGET SET

MSP TARGET SET

TARGET PRIORITIES

COMPLIMENTARY PBA PRIORITIES

             

Halt Invasion

Delay and if possible, halt hostile activities

Force adversary to culminate so that he is incapable of offensive action

Intelligence preparation of the battlespace

ISR and space control constellation enhancement

Strikeミproduce desired operational effects as required with CAVs armed with unitary penetrators, small diameter bombs, general purpose weapons, LOCASS, etc

ISR and space controlミaugment and replenish current IMINT, SIGINT, COMINT and MASINT sensors and space control constellations–generate on orbit systems from enhanced force to execution force levels

Long range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs)

IADS (command & control centers)

Space control threats

Anti-access threats (WMD, ballistic and cruise missiles)

Lines of communication

Advancing armor and offensive ground forces/units

Military and Civil Infrastructure

 

Hard and deeply buried targets

Key nodes of C2 network

Storage facilities for conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction

Ready storage of ballistic and cruise missiles

Military and Civil Infrastructure

Large armor and troop concentrations

C3I

National level leadership control nodes

Corps/Division control nodes

Brigade level nodes and less important higher/cable bunkers

IADS

Sector and Intercept Operations Centers and National Headquarters

Early Warning, Ground Control Intercept and SAMs

Space Control Threats

WMD and missile launch and storage sites

Underground aircraft and industrial facilities

WMD production facilities

POL production and storage

Infrastructure

Roads, railroad transloading areas, bridges and dams

Energy and power generating systems

HIGH THREAT ENVIRONMENT

Space–Persistent Operations

  • AMTI/GMTI
  • IMINT–EO, IR, SAR, ISAR, MSI, HSI, UV
  • ELINT
  • SIGINT
  • MASINT

UAV–Passive Collection Operations

  • IMINT–EO, IR, MSI, HSI, UV
  • ELINT
  • SIGNIT
  • MASINT

AIRBORNE–Peripheral Operations Only

  • AWACS
  • JSTARS
  • Guardrail
  • Rivet Joint
  • MC2A

CONFLICT PHASE

TASK

MSP TASKS

TYPICAL GSTF TARGET SET

MSP TARGET SET

TARGET PRIORITIES

COMPLIMENTARY PBA PRIORITIES

             

Blue Force Buildup

Create conditions to buildup Blue Force combat power

Bring Red Force to the culmination point (no longer able to continue an offensive)

 

Strike–produce desired operational effects as required with CAVs armed with unitary penetrators, small diameter bombs, general purpose weapons, LOCASS, etc

ISR and space controlミaugment and replenish current IMINT, SIGINT, COMINT and MASINT sensors and space control constellations maintain on orbit systems at execution force levels

IADS

Ballistic and cruise missiles

WMD and industrial systems and production centers

Military and Civil Infrastructure

Lines of communication

Advancing armor and infantry

Hard and deeply buried targets

Key nodes of C2 network

Storage facilities for conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction

Ready storage of ballistic and cruise missiles

Military and Civil Infrastructure

Large armor and troop concentrations

C3I

National level leadership control nodes

Corps/Division control nodes

Space Control Threats

WMD and missile launch and storage sites

Underground aircraft and industrial facilities

WMD production facilities

POL production and storage

Naval storage facilities

Hardened aircraft shelters

HIGH THREAT ENVIRONMENT

Space–Persistent Operations

  • AMTI/GMTI
  • IMINT–EO, IR, SAR, ISAR, MSI, HSI, UV
  • ELINT
  • SIGINT
  • MASINT

UAV–Passive and Active Collection Operations

  • IMINT–EO, IR, MSI, HSI, UV, SAR, ISAR
  • ELINT
  • SIGNIT
  • MASINT

AIRBORNE–Peripheral Operations Only

  • AWACS
  • JSTARS
  • Guardrail
  • Rivet Joint
  • MC2A

CONFLICT PHASE

TASK

MSP TASKS

TYPICAL GSTF TARGET SET

MSP TARGET SET

TARGET PRIORITIES

COMPLIMENTARY PBA PRIORITIES

             

Counterattack

Establish Blue Force control over entire area of operations

Forcing Red Forces to retreat

 

Strike – produce desired operational effects as required with CAVs armed with unitary penetrators, small diameter bombs, general purpose weapons, LOCASS, etc

ISR and space control ミ replenish current IMINT, SIGINT, COMINT and MASINT sensors and space control constellations–maintain on orbit systems at execution force levels

IADS

Ballistic and cruise missiles

WMD and industrial systems and production centers

Military and Civil Infrastructure

Lines of communication

Advancing armor and infantry

Hard and deeply buried targets

Key nodes of C2 network

Storage facilities for conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction

Ready storage of ballistic and cruise missiles

 

C3I–National level leadership control nodes

Space Control Threats

WMD and missile launch and storage sites

Underground aircraft and industrial facilities

WMD production facilities

POL production and storage

LOWER THREAT ENVIRONMENT

UAV–Passive and Active Collection Operations

  • IMINT–EO, IR, MSI, HSI, UV, SAR, ISAR
  • ELINT
  • SIGNIT
  • MASINT

AIRBORNE–Peripheral Operations Only

  • AWACS
  • JSTARS
  • Guardrail
  • Rivet Joint
  • MC2A

Space–Persistent Operations

  • AMTI/GMTI
  • IMINT–EO, IR, SAR, ISAR, MSI, HSI, UV
  • ELINT
  • SIGINT
  • MASINT

CONFLICT PHASE

TASK

MSP TASKS

TYPICAL GSTF TARGET SET

MSP TARGET SET

TARGET PRIORITIES

COMPLIMENTARY PBA PRIORITIES

             

Post-Hostility

Create conditions to maintain Blue Force control

Establish monitoring regime

Create a better state of peace

 

ISR and space control– return to base force levels as required for IMINT, SIGINT, COMINT and MASINT sensors and space control constellations

Provide operational support as required

Red Force compliance with treaty terms through coercive force

Enforce Red Force compliance with treaty terms through coercive spacepower

MONITOR

National level leadership activities

Defense force buildup

Space Control Threats

IADS


Sector and Intercept Operations Centers

Early Warning, Ground Control Intercept and SAMs

WMD and missile production, launch and storage sites

POL production and storage

Naval storage facilities

Humanitarian response

Opportunistic activities of malevolent non-governmental organizations

PERMISSIVE ENVIRONMENT

UAV–Passive and Active Collection Operations

  • IMINT–EO, IR, MSI, HSI, UV, SAR, ISAR
  • ELINT
  • SIGNIT
  • MASINT

Space–Persistent Operations

  • AMTI/GMTI
  • IMINT–EO, IR, SAR, ISAR, MSI, HSI, UV
  • ELINT
  • SIGINT
  • MASINT

AIRBORNE–Peripheral Operations Only

  • AWACS
  • JSTARS
  • Guardrail
  • Rivet Joint
  • MC2A

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