Air Force print news (Nov. 16, 2004): space assets critical to winning war on terrorism.NEW YORK New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of -- Space-based assets are proving critical to winning the war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act , according to the commander of Air Force Space Command.
"You cannot go to war and win without space," Air Force Gen. Lance W. Lord General Lance W. Lord was a four star U.S. Air Force general, and commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
General Lord entered the Air Force in 1969 as a graduate of the Otterbein College ROTC program. said during a live appearance on "Fox and Friends" here Nov. 11, 2004.
The command comprises about 40,000 space professionals who provide combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command A bi-national command of the US and Canada that provides aerospace surveillance, warning and assessment of aerospace attack, and maintains the sovereignty of US and Canadian airspace. Also called NORAD. and U.S. Strategic Command, supporting various operations worldwide.
Space allows precision attack on the battlefield, the general said, and has transformed the way American forces fight modern wars.
Precision-guided munitions using Global Positioning System Global Positioning System: see navigation satellite.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Precise satellite-based navigation and location system originally developed for U.S. military use. satellites limit the exposure and vulnerability of forces while minimizing collateral damage collateral damage Surgery A popular term for any undesired but unavoidable co-morbidity associated with a therapy–eg, chemotherapy-induced CD to the BM and GI tract as a side effect of destroying tumor cells and maximizing combat effectiveness, he said.
"We take the 'search' out of search and rescue," Lord said during his television appearance.
He said the command's airmen are currently supporting warfighters on the ground in Fallujah, Iraq.
"We provide the navigation and the timing so that [the warfighters] can know exactly where they are--and what the target coordinates are--and [are] able to hit those with precision using space-based capabilities."
The general reiterated the importance of space during a speech at a luncheon later the same day.
"Our nation depends upon our space capabilities for precision attack, speed, and unmatched maneuverability on today's battlefield," he said. "We are well on our way to becoming a full spectrum combat command in the future."
He said space superiority is a prerequisite for success, describing three elements necessary to achieve and sustain space superiority.
"Space situation awareness provides a robust understanding of what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. in the medium of space," he said.
Defensive counterspace is not a program or a goal, but rather a mindset mind·set or mind-set
1. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.
2. An inclination or a habit. , he said. "We must work diligently to protect our advantage in space. Our nation depends on it."
Finally, the general said the United States must develop the ability to counter enemy systems through reversible effects.
"We have made some tremendous progress with our existing capabilities, and we can all be proud of the contributions made by our military space systems," Lord said. "We are making a difference--where it counts the most--on the battlefield."
Capt. Johnny Rea, USAF
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs