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US Army Troops Could Be Headed to the Space Force
Space.com ^ | 6/29/18 | Sandra Erwin

Posted on 06/30/2018 2:46:07 PM PDT by LibWhacker

WASHINGTON — If and when a new military branch for space gets off the ground, its ranks would be dominated by airmen. But Army soldiers also would have a role by virtue of much they rely on military satellites in peacetime or in war.

More than 70 percent of the Army's major weapons and equipment need satellites to function. About 2,220 active-duty soldiers, reservists and civilians make up the "space forces" under the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

"We are the biggest users of space," said Brig. Gen. Tim Lawson, deputy commanding general for operations at the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. [Watch Trump Order the Space Force]

The Army has not publicly weighed in on whether any of its units should be part of the Space Force. Lawson said it's only been two weeks since President Trump ordered the Pentagon to create a Space Force so it's too soon to tell. "We'll see where it takes us," he said on Wednesday at the 2018 MilSatCom USA conference in Arlington, Virginia.

"Do we want to be part of the Space Force? That is yet to be determined," Lawson said. "I think there's a lot more to come, and the Army is part of this planning process."

Army Forces Strategic Command reports to U.S. Strategic Command, led by Gen. John Hyten. Lawson said both Hyten and Air Force Space Command's Gen. John Raymond are "two of the smartest space guys." If the Space Force moves forward, "these are the two guys that are going to get us there and are going to get us there right."

Army space forces are responsible for five key missions – intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; missile warning; environmental monitoring; satellite communications; and positioning, navigation and timing, or PNT.

Troops are hugely dependent on space systems. Each Army brigade requires at least 2,500 PNT devices and 250 satellite communications terminals.

The 53rd Signal Battalion of the Army 1st Space Brigade manages a portion of the Wideband Global Satcom network of satellites the military relies upon for routine communications, broadcasting and data sharing.

The Army also deploys its own satellites. One of its constellations of small satellites is called SNAP, short for Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's nanosatellite program. These tiny spacecraft — the size of a loaf of bread — provide beyond line-of-sight communications using existing UHF tactical radios.

Last year the Army's Kestrel Eye remote sensing satellite was launched from the International Space Station. About the size of a small refrigerator, Kestrel Eye takes high-resolution pictures for Army commanders on the ground. SNAP satellites cost about $500,000 each, and Ketrel Eye is about $2 million, which Lawson said is a relatively small price tag for systems that provide valuable services.


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KEYWORDS: army; force; militaryspace; space; spaceforce; trumpdod; usarmy
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1 posted on 06/30/2018 2:46:07 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
Interesting possibility.

In the world of satellites, it's inseparable from all Military Divisions. But I can see the need from a security stand point.

2 posted on 06/30/2018 2:49:23 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: LibWhacker

Nothing against the Army, being an old Army guy myself, but wouldn’t the Air Force make more sense for this?


3 posted on 06/30/2018 2:57:45 PM PDT by TBP (Progressives lack compassion and tolerance. Their self-aggrandizement is all that matters.)
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To: LibWhacker

I would think the Navy has the best skill set for long term missions. There is little difference between preparation to feed and care for the crew on a six month space mission or a six month submarine patrol.


4 posted on 06/30/2018 2:58:32 PM PDT by null and void (Social justice warriors, killing the trees that produce the fruits of liberty.)
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5 posted on 06/30/2018 3:00:26 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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6 posted on 06/30/2018 3:04:10 PM PDT by null and void (Social justice warriors, killing the trees that produce the fruits of liberty.)
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To: LibWhacker

I see no need or money for a space force. We need a “border force” as well worth the money. And such a needed.


7 posted on 06/30/2018 3:05:04 PM PDT by raiderboy (Trump has assured us that he will shut down the government to get the WALL in Sept.)
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8 posted on 06/30/2018 3:12:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: TBP

The Space Force will be dominated by the Air Force, as hinted at in the first sentence of the article. But, given that the Army is the biggest user of space, it makes sense it’s going to be heavily involved (I never would have guessed that in my old days in the Army!).


9 posted on 06/30/2018 3:16:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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10 posted on 06/30/2018 3:27:50 PM PDT by Vermont Lt
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You think that a space -based force is not already in the works and functioning? This is just an awakening moment. Dark project that has has been given trillions over the past 4-5 decades.


11 posted on 06/30/2018 3:34:04 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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12 posted on 06/30/2018 3:44:59 PM PDT by null and void (Freedom is in our blood, we don’t pass it down genetically, but through the blood we spill.)
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To: LibWhacker

So what is the purpose? I only see it needed to keep privately funded, leftist rockets and satellite weaponry from stealthily taking over...any other reason?


13 posted on 06/30/2018 3:47:14 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Break in my country, you are illegal. Break into my house, makes not you a homeowner.)
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I CALL BS! "Everyone knows that any Space Force is to be made up by



MARINES!"

14 posted on 06/30/2018 3:50:51 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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It’s not going to happen.


15 posted on 06/30/2018 4:00:34 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Stawp the hammering!)
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To: Kartographer

Only if there are big bad alien bugs to kill. Then it’s Marines (or Men in Black). LOL!


16 posted on 06/30/2018 4:27:35 PM PDT by Tallguy
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“More than 70 percent of the Army’s major weapons and equipment need satellites to function.”

Hmmmmm..... If literally true, does anybody other than me see a potential problem here?


17 posted on 06/30/2018 4:40:22 PM PDT by William of Barsoom (In Omnia, Paratus)
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To: LibWhacker

Whoever the members of the Space Force are, if I were them, I would not let them issue me a red shirt!


18 posted on 06/30/2018 4:48:29 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: CincyRichieRich

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19 posted on 06/30/2018 4:49:29 PM PDT by onedoug
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