This article will examine the proposed space operations structure by first outlining the historical foundations for differences in maritime and air domain military capabilities, specifically brown-water versus blue-water navies, and “local/ regional” versus “global” airpower. Next, the article will present the concept of black space and blue space in terms of an environment-specific definition, as well as an examination of the technical capability requirements, mission types, and national prestige and geopolitical considerations underpinning the proposed operation types. Finally, the article will explore how the USSF might support future space exploration within the black-space and blue-space operations structure.
Air & Space Power Journal
Poole, Carl & Bettinger, Robert. (2021). Black Space versus Blue Space: A Proposed Dichotomy of Future Space Operations. Air and Space Power Journal, 35(1), 4-18.