REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – Military leaders met online to inform aerospace professionals of national defense space efforts that are out of this world.
Lt. Gen. Daniel L. Karbler, commanding general of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, participated in the virtual Joint All-Domain Command and Control and Space Mission Integration panel, Nov. 18.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to be able to talk with my joint partners here on this panel,” Karbler said. “In my 33 years in the Army, Army space has never been more relevant. I get to see day-to-day what our operations are doing between the operations at 1st Space Brigade as well as what our Satellite Operations Brigade is doing. You name it, the space domain is critical for what our nations does, and the Army’s contributions are significant.
“We have got to treat space as a warfighting domain,” he added. “It is no longer just this medium that data and information pass through. First and foremost, we have to address the threat in that domain and what our adversaries are doing to contest us in space. We have to make sure space is integrated just like we integrate the air, the sea, the ground, and increasingly cyber and electromagnetic spectrum. We’ve got to make sure space is incorporated in our day-to-day operations as warfighters. Without Army space enablers our ability to shoot, move and communicate come at risk if we are not providing those capabilities to the warfighter.”
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics hosted the panel at an Accelerating Space Commerce, Exploration and New Discovery, or ASCEND, event, Nov. 15-17.
ASCEND is a new experience designed to drive the space economy forward and to accelerate space commerce, exploration and new discovery. It is designed as the center of gravity for the space community and is intended to connect individuals in the propulsion and energy, launch services, engineering, private enterprise, startups, investors, civil space, national, security, academia, research, space sciences, media, emerging technology and policy communities.
“We have a great opportunity to make sure operational requirements are identified and to be able to dialogue with our commercial partners,” Karbler said. “Our partners need to help develop the common, operational picture. Our partners have got to make investments in the space domain - awareness, force tracking and some of those other missions we do with respect to space that will make us better.”
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U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, deputy chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, said they are looking to create a digital, innovative, lean, agile service that supports joint all-domain operations and JADC2 is a critical enabler to making that happen.
“As the newest service in the newest warfighting domain, we have the opportunity to have a blank slate, if you will, to create our operations, our operational concepts and develop our people from the beginning as a joint all-domain capability, and that’s exactly what we are trying to do,” Saltzman said. “We take that responsibility seriously and we are looking at innovative ways to develop our people. We’re looking at new processes and products and how we best can provide capability."
ASCEND is built on the belief that every member of the space community has something in common: a commitment to human exploration, interest in the effective utilization of space resources, and a focus on the long-term sustainability of the space enterprise.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawn Dunlop, who serves as the director, Operational Capability Requirements, and as the deputy chief of staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements, said JADC2 is going to be game-changing.
“If you think of what JADC2 is in terms of the warfighting construct or joint all-domain operations, it’s pretty powerful in terms of the type of future warfighting constructs that we need,” Dunlop said. “It’s going to change how we organize, train and equip; It’s going to change how we integrate our partners; It’s going to change how we integrate with industry; and I have to tell you, it’s here.”