Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Travel News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SPACEWAR
A Lesson of Military Tactics Failing To Keep Up With Technological Change
by Philip Kwong for Satcom Frontier
McLean VA (SPX) Nov 01, 2016


To face the challenges of the future, the U.S. government and its military should work with the commercial space industry to understand how to best integrate this technology and change concepts of operations quickly to leverage these new capabilities. Today's standard of two to four years to change CONOPS and update airworthiness, even for a software patch, are too long.

We are in the midst of the Golden Age of Space. Revolutionary technologies are being introduced right now that will change how we communicate, relate, and see the world. And the U.S. government must change its concept of how to use these space capabilities to take advantage of new technologies and stay ahead of potential adversaries.

History provides many examples when military tactics failed to adjust to changing technologies. One comes from 1849, when Claude-Etienne Minie, a French army officer, wanted to make the muzzle loading rifle more reliable. Minie designed an oblong cylindrical bullet with a point at one end and a hollow base that expanded when fired, significantly increasing accuracy and lethality over much longer distances as compared to its round, lead-ball predecessor.

This was a military game-changer. Long held strategies, tactics, and concepts of operations that had been developed for the shorter range and awful accuracy of the muzzle ball no longer applied. But the military strategists of the time did not adapt.

Even after the British used the better bullet design with devastating effects against the Russians in the Crimean War 1853-1856, these lessons were largely ignored. By the time of the American Civil War in 1861, both Union and Confederate forces were using the "Minie ball" but had not abandoned the tactics from the American Revolutionary War that called for tight formations of men which would approach to within 50-100 yards of each other before firing.

The problem was that the Minie bullet could now hit targets accurately at 400 yards. This made these tactics practically suicidal and contributed to the high death toll of the Civil War.

This reluctance to change tactics was not limited to the American military. The lessons from the American Civil War were also largely ignored by Europe, contributing to the staggering casualty rates in the early phases of World War I in 1914 - a half century after the American Civil War ended!

Large organizations are resistant to change. But the lesson here is that a delay in updating concepts of operations to current technology can have devastating results.

Today we see a revolution in satellite technology. High Throughput Satellites (HTS), such as Intelsat EpicNG, provide an estimated 300-400 percent improvement in throughput over traditional wide beam satellites. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, such as OneWeb, have very low latency and target speeds of 4G+ - 10x faster than the targeted 512kbps of other planned LEO satellites.

To face the challenges of the future, the U.S. government and its military should work with the commercial space industry to understand how to best integrate this technology and change concepts of operations quickly to leverage these new capabilities. Today's standard of two to four years to change CONOPS and update airworthiness, even for a software patch, are too long.

A good example of leveraging this technology is by making better use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs). It is time to think beyond the "Dull, Dirty and Dangerous" justification for RPA missions:

+ Start by making RPAs essential tools for immediate, responsive ISR supporting any warfighter mission - from combat to humanitarian.

+ Instead of settling for the current 2-4 Mbps from RPA feeds, planners should think of bandwidth throughputs of 10 Mbps by using HTS. 50 Mbps is feasible by using more efficient waveforms (available now) and even faster speeds in the future.

+ These high throughputs will enable a broad range of different sensors tailorable to the unique mission requirements from traditional electro-optical to hyperspectral imaging, and wide-area, persistent surveillance. Video resolution beyond HD to UHD is possible.

+ With this robust bandwidth throughput, RPAs can operate effectively as airborne relays and command and control enablers.

+ It is not only RPAs. On the ground, this increased bandwidth can enable mobile Wi-Fi hot spots along with Bluetooth wireless tools that can support monitoring body cameras and other "wearables" displaying what every soldier sees. The technology can also monitor their vital functions and locations in real-time, useful for training as well as post-event analysis. Achieving the goal of "every soldier as a sensor" is within reach.

The lesson of the Minie ball still resonates today. Our adversaries are leveraging new technologies now and we must adapt our military thinking and CONOPS faster to adjust to the demands of the modern battlefield.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
http://www.intelsatgeneral.com/
Military Space News at SpaceWar.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
SPACEWAR
CSRA to provide U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency IT support
Falls Church, Va. (UPI) Oct 26, 2016
CSRA Inc. has received a $167 million U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency task order award to provide enterprise IT support services, the company said Wednesday. The deal has a one-year base period and 4 1/2 option years, CSRA said in a statement. As part of the program, CSRA will oversee the Enterprise Service Operations Center, or ESOC, a network of self-help knowledge portals, re ... read more


SPACEWAR
Russia to face strong competition from China in space launch market

Vega And Gokturk-1A are present for next Arianespace lightweight mission

Antares Rides Again

Four Galileo satellites are "topped off" for Arianespace's milestone Ariane 5 launch from the Spaceport

SPACEWAR
New instrument could search for signatures of life on Mars

Mars: How Will Humans Get There

Detailed images of Schiaparelli and its descent hardware on Mars

Cursed not, Difficult yes

SPACEWAR
New Model Explains the Moon's Weird Orbit

New Theory Explains How the Moon Got There

China "well prepared" to launch Chang'e-5 lunar probe in 2017: top scientist

Switch Flipped on LAMP in Lunar Orbit to Improve Data

SPACEWAR
Mystery solved behind birth of Saturn's rings

Last Bits of 2015 Pluto Flyby Data Received on Earth

Uranus may have two undiscovered moons

Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish

SPACEWAR
What happens to a pathogenic fungus grown in space?

How Planets Like Jupiter Form

Giant Rings Around Exoplanet Turn in the Wrong Direction

Preferentially Earth-sized Planets with Lots of Water

SPACEWAR
Aerojet Rocketdyne completes SLS launch abort engine hot fire tests

NASA Uses Tunnel Approach to Study How Heat Affects SLS Rocket

SpaceX Aims to Resume Falcon 9 Flights in 2016, Blames Helium Tank for Explosion

Raytheon gets $174 million Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon contract

SPACEWAR
China to launch Long March-5 carrier rocket in November

US, China hold second meeting on advancing space cooperation

China to enhance space capabilities with launch of Shenzhou-11

Ambitious space satellite projects set for liftoff

SPACEWAR
Prototype Capture System, Mock Asteroid Help Simulate Mission Sequence

Scientists reveal how Orientale crater formed on the Moon billions of years ago

Study Reveals Relationships Between Chemicals on Comets

15000 space rocks and counting




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement