According to Lt. Gen. John Shaw, who serves at the U.S. Space Command as the deputy commander, the U.S. military has done a commendable job in matters infrastructure. He said that it now has excellent and extensive means of moving troops and equipment all over the world in the course of several decades. However, he recommends that it now start thinking outside the box by venturing into the space sector. It should invest in foundation technologies that would come in handy during future space activities.
During a virtual event dabbed the Washington Space Business Roundtable, Shaw said there is a need for the U.S. military to be in a position whereby it can navigate in space effectively. He acknowledges that the idea of deploying troops to space is not something that the army is considering at the moment. However, investing in logistics and mobility in preparation for the future revolving around space is worth considering. Otherwise, a door that would be better kept open will end up being shut, probably for good.
According to Shaw, it is usually a military strategy to have logistics and mobility in control. So far, that’s not an issue for the land, air, and navy sectors, and space shouldn’t be an exception either. He points out some of the things the military can use that are available in the space market. He mentions the likes of in-space transport vehicles, maneuvering satellites, and servicing robots, among other technologies. He doesn’t rule out commercial services, but he also says it is excellent also to own some. Shaw also says that the help from the other three combatant commands would also be of great support.
Shaw also said that it only takes a unified combatant command for the U.S. Space Command to influence the Pentagon’s purchases as per its supposed requirements process. Future operations could change for the better if the military were to become responsible for the preposition of space logistics, too, according to him.
Equally important, he said that the space domain also needs to be considered in mobility and logistics, just as it is usually the case with maritime, air, and land. The requirements will continuously be developed along the lines of the other three domains as well. Shaw says he can’t imagine a possibility of space operations happening in decades or centuries to come in the absenteeism of the issue of mobility and logistics. That’s why there is a need for them to be in place, just like it is in the case of other domains.https://minernews.io/