New U.S. Military Documents on Space Operations

January 28, 2009 at 11:12 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

Secrecy News points to two new military documents on Space Operations.

The first is Joint Publication 3-14 Space Operations which was issued on January 6, 2008:

Purpose
This publication has been prepared under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff. It sets forth joint doctrine to govern the activities and performance of the
Armed Forces of the United States in joint operations and provides the doctrinal basis for
interagency coordination and for US military involvement in multinational operations. It
provides military guidance for the exercise of authority by combatant commanders and
other joint force commanders (JFCs) and prescribes joint doctrine for operations,
education, and training. It provides military guidance for use by the Armed Forces in
preparing their appropriate plans. It is not the intent of this publication to restrict the
authority of the JFC from organizing the force and executing the mission in a manner the
JFC deems most appropriate to ensure unity of effort in the accomplishment of the
overall objective.

The Second is Army Regulation 900–1: Department of the Army Space Policy which was issued on January 23, 2008:

1–1. Purpose
This regulation prescribes policy, establishes objectives, and assigns responsibility for space related planning and programming, combat development, and materiel development. It assigns responsibilities and membership to the Army Space Council (ASC).

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