Is There Space for the Objective Force?   [open pdf - 3MB]

The ultimate goal of Army Transformation--the Objective Force--will consist of lighter but highly lethal, mobile, and survivable formations that arrive in an area of operations ready to fight and fully synchronized with other elements of the joint Force. Our successful transformation to the Objective Force will depend to a great extent on our ability to develop and operationalize new and improved space-based capabilities. It will provide the nation an array of more deployable, more agile, more versatile, more lethal, more survivable, and more sustainable formations. These capabilities will enable the Objective Force to win on the offense, to initiate combat on their terms, to gain and retain the initiative, build momentum quickly and win decisively. It will transform Army forces into a more lethal and devastating force through the combination of precision weapons and knowledge-based warfare. The realties of warfare in the 21st century will relegate the Army's heavy forces to a more limited set of missions. As the Army builds the Objective Force, it will attempt to link systems from "mud to space" in order to create a synergistic effect between the warrior and the information sphere. Information will empower the Army's Objective Forces. Space-based systems will represent the foundational building blocks for the Objective Force to achieve information dominance. Satellite communications will enable knowledge-based battle command on the move. Thus, the ability to link space-based capabilities to warfighting units in a timely and relevant manner is critical for Objective Force success.

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Murray, Williamson. National Security Challenges for the 21st Century. Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2003, ch. 12.
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