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Global Area Strike System

Global Area Strike System

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Space Operations: Through The Looking Glass(Global Area Strike System)
A Research PaperPresented ToAir Force
 2025
byLt Col Jamie G. G. VarniMr. Gregory M. PowersMaj Dan S. CrawfordMaj Craig E. JordanMaj Douglas L. KendallAugust 1996
 
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Disclaimer
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is a study designed to comply with a directive from the chief of staff of the Air Force to examine theconcepts, capabilities, and technologies the United States will require to remain the dominant air and spaceforce in the future. Presented on 17 June 1996, this report was produced in the Department of Defense schoolenvironment of academic freedom and in the interest of advancing concepts related to national defense. Theviews expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of theUnited States Air Force, Department of Defense, or the United States government.This report contains fictional representations of future situations/scenarios. Any similarities to real people orevents, other than those specifically cited, are unintentional and are for purposes of illustration only.This publication has been reviewed by security and policy review authorities, is unclassified, and is clearedfor public release.
 
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2025..............................................................................................................................1The Space Operations Mission.....................................................................................................2The Topic of Discussion...............................................................................................................3Issues Involving Space Operations in 2025..................................................................................4Manned Versus Unmanned Systems........................................................................................4Large Versus Small Satellites.................................................................................................5Ground Versus “Anywhere” Processing and Delayed Versus Near Real-TimeInformation........................................................................................................................5Military Versus Cooperative/Commercial Endeavors............................................................6 2 Required Capability............................................................................................................................8Timeliness....................................................................................................................................8Responsiveness.............................................................................................................................9Flexibility...................................................................................................................................10Survivability and Reliability......................................................................................................10Precision and Selective Lethality................................................................................................11 3 The Integrated System-of-Systems....................................................................................................13Weapon Platforms.................................................................................................................14Weapon Classes....................................................................................................................16Directed-Energy Weapons—Incoherent Light.............................................................................16Capabilities...........................................................................................................................17Countermeasures...................................................................................................................18Evaluation.............................................................................................................................18DEW—Coherent Light (Lasers)..................................................................................................18Capabilities...........................................................................................................................20Countermeasures...................................................................................................................24Evaluation.............................................................................................................................24Neutral Particle Beam.................................................................................................................25Capabilities...........................................................................................................................26Countermeasures...................................................................................................................27Evaluation.............................................................................................................................27Electromagnetic Pulse.................................................................................................................27Capabilities...........................................................................................................................28Countermeasures...................................................................................................................30Evaluation.............................................................................................................................30

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