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Spring 2020


The US Air Force and the wider US government rely heavily on space-based capabilities in various orbital regimes to project national security and sovereignty. However, these capabilities are enabled by the design, launch, and operation of satellites produced with a design methodology that favors large, monolithic, and technologically exquisite space systems. Despite the ability for these satellites to provide enduring and resilient capabilities, they suffer from a woefully long acquisition process that debilitates any prospect of rapid satellite reconstitution in the event of a space war.


This article appeared in volume 34 of Air and Space Power Journal, a publication of Air University, fully cited below. ASPJ has since been re-launched as Air & Space Operations Review.

Author marked [*] was an AFIT graduate student at the time of publication.

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Air and Space Power Journal