26 Aug '13, 7pm

USAF: Pentagon Must Update Space Policy

USAF: Pentagon Must Update Space Policy

WASHINGTON — Air Force Space Command has released a new white paper laying out its argument for moving towards a new architecture for military space programs. That strategy, known as “disaggregation,” has been promoted for some time by Gen. William Shelton, the head of Space Command. But this document, released Aug. 21, provides the clearest look yet at how the Pentagon views its future space strategy. “The threat environment has changed extraordinarily, and we must adapt critical US capabilities if our operational advantage is to endure,” wrote the uncredited authors of the paper. The Air Force defines disaggregation as “the dispersion of space-based missions, functions or sensors across multiple systems spanning one or more orbital plane, platform, host or domain.” In simpler terms, the idea behind disaggregation is to take the capability that has been crammed into a sma...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130826/DEFREG02/3082...

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