Going Boldly - Where?: Aerospace Integration, the Space Commission, and the Air Force's Vision for Space [open pdf - 225KB]
This article is taken from the Aerospace Power Journal, which regularly showcases discourse over the functional and organizational relationship between air and space. The future of air and space integration or separation is the subject of the congressionally andated Space Commission, whose final report was issued in January 2001. The authors observe inconsistencies in teh Air Force's approach to aerospace integration that may accomodate that service's bureaucracy but be perceived as "poor stewardship" of space. Major topics of the article include "Roots and Implications of the Aerospace Concept," "Unresolved Debates and Premature Questions," "Space Weaponization," "Space Commerce," "Space and Information," and "Aerospace Integration: An Unsatisfying Vision." Authors recommend that thee Air Force acknowledge the considerable limitations of the aerospace concept and AI; that greater rigor and consistency be incorporated in the development of Air Force vision statements; that the Air Force carefully address the human dimension of innovative approaches to nationial security space issues; and that a robust and comprehensive vision for United States space power be developed.
Aerospace Power Journal (Spring 2001)