Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, the Space Support to Army Operations Field Manual (FM 100-18) deals with the issue of space support for Army operations.
In the introduction, it states:
"Throughout US history, the military services have fought to guard US national interests on land, on sea, and in the air. Historically, whoever held and used the "high ground" had a significant advantage over his adversaries. While holding high ground in itself does not ensure victory, it has restricted the enemy's freedom to maneuver. Space, the ultimate high ground, has joined land, sea, and air as a medium in which national defense can be prosecuted. Therefore, the Army has a vital interest in the farseeing aspects of space technology. Space offers the Army unique or enhanced capabilities to achieve land dominance. Space systems provide communications, positioning and navigational data, early warning, weather, environmental, and surveillance and targeting capabilities that are essential for national security and the prosecution of land warfare. Space capabilities are particularly important where the operational area lacks the infrastructure to support Army operations, These capabilities apply across the entire spectrum of military operations, to include military operations other than war (MOOTW), and to all echelons of command. In the post-Cold War era, Army forces' effective use of space capabilities and products is as critical to global operations as land, sea, and air power are today."
Some highlights of the contents:
National Space Policy, DOD Space Policy, Army Space Policy, The Strategic Army, Space and The Tenets of Army Operations, Combat Functions, Military Space Functions, Planning Considerations, Application of System Capabilities, Operations Demanding Special Emphasis, US Army Space Organizations, Operations, and Programs, Training System Capabilities and Limitations, Glossary
This manual is produced by Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
As a bonus, this reproduction includes FM-1, The Army Field Manual, a capstone manual containing the vision for the Army - sold separately for $5.99. FM 1 establishes the fundamental principles for employing Landpower. The most important of these are the Army's operational concept and the fundamentals that support it. They form the foundation for all Army doctrine. All Soldiers should understand and internalize them. FM 1 describes the American profession of arms, the Army's place in it, and what it means to be a professional Soldier.
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