I really would have wanted to put this in my thread about Corporations and their threat but this doc is so important I decided it should have its own
Its quite eye opening.
Heres the intro:
In 2020, prior to hostilities or during peace operations, an adversary will have sophisticated regional situational awareness. Enemies may very well
know, in near real time, the disposition of all forces. They will command and control their forces with real-time access to precise navigation
(position and timing), submeter imagery, highly accurate weather data, timely missile warning, and robust communications.
Space will enable these capabilities. In fact, national military forces, paramilitary units, terrorists, and any other potential adversaries will
share the high ground of space with the United States and its allies. Adversaries may also share the same commercial satellite services for
communications, imagery, and navigation. Gaining superiority in space will be challenging. The space "playing field" is leveling rapidly, so US
forces will be increasingly vulnerable. Additionally, though adversaries will benefit greatly from space, losing the use of space may be more
devastating to the United States. It would be intolerable for US forces, modeled along the lines of a Joint Vision 2010 force, to be deprived of
capabilities in space.
To further explore the anticipated 2020 environment, we have compiled some key political, economic, technological, military, and space trends and
assertions. The first four are consistent with those used in Joint Vision 2010, the Joint Strategy Review, and the National Defense Panel. Following
the trends and assertions, we'll discuss their implications for US space power.
[Edited on 28-2-2004 by Agent47]