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US Space Force to enhance space warfighting capabilities

Stephen Kuper

Without highly trained space professionals, the US Space Force cannot effectively utilise space systems to increase joint force lethality, cannot ensure the safety of the American public, nor can it defend against near-peer adversaries.

US Space Force to enhance space warfighting capabilities
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The US Space Force has developed a new series of courses designed to give new space professionals warfighting mindsets they will carry with them throughout their entire careers. 

The 319 CTS instructor cadre will begin teaching Space Warfighting Follow-on courses at Peterson’s Moorman Space Education and Training Center. Each course is based on a core space warfighting discipline: orbital warfare, space battle management and space electronic warfare.

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Sebeck, 319th Combat Training Squadron Commander, explained the importance of the training program, “Our modern lives depend on our space capabilities, and potential adversaries are actively attempting to exploit the benefits space provides us.

“Every day our space warfighters purposefully prepare to negate potential adversaries’ attempts to claim space superiority over us.”

Space is a warfighting domain — secured and protected by the Space Force — in the same way the land, sea and air are protected by the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.

Lt Col Sebeck added, “With the implementation of SWD training, the US Space Force is transforming the way the US military develops its space warfighters and is laying the foundation for a highly trained, ready force.

“The Space Force must develop a cadre of space warfighters to protect US interests in space, deter aggression in, from and to space, and conduct space operations. The SWF courses are the first step towards mastering and applying space warfare discipline.”

Upon graduating from Undergraduate Space Training, new accessions and cross-trainees will immediately move on to the Space Warfighting Follow-on courses. 

To develop the courses, stakeholder units across the USSF were solicited for inputs for what their inbound operators should know, value and be able to do.

The 319th CTS’ team of instructors then developed training task lists from those inputs, co-ordinated them through each of the wings and HQ USSF and then built final objectives lists that guided the development of each lesson. All curriculum was developed by a mix of active duty, Reserve and contractor personnel. 

The 319th CTS instructor cadre will consist primarily of active duty personnel, contractors, civilians, and Reserve personnel from the 42nd Combat Training Squadron with extensive expertise in space operations.

LCol Sebeck added, “The SWF courses are adding an additional layer of depth to the space training pipeline in order to produce more lethal warfighters ready to execute combat operations in the complex space environment of today and tomorrow. These courses are designed to execute one of the primary missions of USSPACECOM: to develop ready and lethal joint warfighters in order to enhance space warfighting readiness and lethality.”

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