The Army's role in space: support for the battlefield commander

by Elwyn Harris, Richard E. Darilek, Kenneth Horn, M. M. Nelsen


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The potential role of the Army in space has long been the subject of extensive debate. Critics contend that the Army is ill-equipped to assume such a role, maintaining instead that the development of military space applications should be subordinated to other technological pursuits. The findings of an ongoing Arroyo Center research project, however, argue to the contrary. This assessment of over 100 potential space applications, which forms the basis of the present analysis, has uncovered an array of military functions that could be greatly enhanced by the application of space-based systems.

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