The U.S. Army has unveiled a new “Space Vision” document emphasizing the urgent need for increased investment in both space capabilities and trained personnel.
The vision document highlights the Army’s intent to enhance its ability to operate under constant surveillance from enemy satellites. It calls for the integration of friendly, joint, coalition, and commercial space capabilities to support various warfighting functions. These functions include positioning, navigation, timing, deep sensing, beyond line-of-sight communications, force tracking, environmental monitoring, and space domain awareness.
To achieve these goals, the Army plans to develop new tactical terminals to leverage multi-orbit satellite communications and access space-enabled tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms. This investment aims to meet the Army’s deep sensing requirements and to empower ground forces with the ability to target enemy forces well beyond their line of sight. The vision document, while short on specifics, sets a clear direction for the Army’s future space-related initiatives, highlighting the critical role of space in modern warfare and the need for a well-equipped and trained force to operate effectively in this domain.