The Space Force has published its first doctrine, reflecting the concept of space as a potential warfighting domain.
“Agility, innovation and boldness have always been the touchstone traits of military space forces. Today, we must harness these traits to pioneer a new service and a new professional body of knowledge,” wrote Gen. John W. Raymond, the chief of Space Operations, in the introduction to Space Capstone Publication, the doctrine’s formal name.
Raymond emphasized that this initial policy statement no doubt would evolve as the mission of ensuring security in space operations changes. Whereas space exploration once involved nations competing to project societal superiority, the domain has emerged as one where potential adversaries’ actions have increased “the likelihood of warfare in the space domain.”
The Space Force mission will focus upon protection the nation’s interest from entities that “threaten peace and prosperity for free people in every corner of the world.”
The doctrine articulated five guiding principles:
* U.S. desire for “a peaceful, secure, stable and accessible space domain,” maintained by a national security strategy capable of deterring and defeating
* Defining spacepower as “inherently global,” affording the “ability to conduct activities with unrivaled reach, persistence, endurance and responsiveness.”
* A force of warfighters trained to “protect, defend and project spacepower,” standing ready to work with government and international partners to foster that aim.
* The multi-domain aspect of space operations. As such, if any segment of the space architecture is attacked and compromised, it could neutralize the ability to conduct all space missions. “Deliberate and synchronized defensive operations,” therefore, are necessary in order to maintain domain access, maneuver and exploitation.
* As an inherently small and lean operation, the Space Force will rely heavily upon “agility, innovation and boldness” as it fulfills mission requirements. “Elevating these traits starts with empowering small teams and prizing measured risk-taking as opportunities to rapidly learn and adapt.”