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Army Space Support as a Critical Enabler of Joint Operations

December 6, 2003

In sharp contrast to the sequential, deliberate campaigns of the 20th century, future joint operations will emphasize rapid strategic response by all joint arms, followed by the conduct of synchronized shaping and decisive operations, distributed throughout the entire joint operations area. The joint force commander must establish early control of all battlespace dimensionsóair, land, sea, space and informationóand focus power against the critical elements of the adversaryís structureókey capabilities, decisive points and centers of gravityómoving thereby from the attrition-based campaigns of the past to more rapid decision via disintegration of the enemyís forces and will to fight.