In This Issue…

Purview, the online collaborative journal for space and missile defense, is a venue for readers, commenters and authors to have a dialogue on current and prospective initiatives, lessons learned and increased community-wide understanding of missions, roles and capabilities.

The April-June 2018 issue features these articles:

The U.S. Air Force develops and acquires most military space systems. The Army is the largest Department of Defense user of space capabilities. What are the potential effects on the Army of potential national space security organization changes? By Gary Shugart, a space plans specialist at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT).

Read “Army’s Voice in Space”

Ten years ago the Army placed a contract for small satellites that could receive data from unattended ground sensors. That type of satellite may set a new paradigm where smallsats augment and supplement tactical communication and imagery architectures, reducing burden and cost for the Department of Defense. By John London and Mark Ray, engineers in the Space and Strategic Systems Directorate of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center.

Read “Solving Sensor Dilemmas”

New constellations of small satellites may offer easy mobile access to reliable, low-latency and high-bandwidth communications for military users. Is it possible for the military to be successful in maximizing opportunities presented by emerging developments in the commercial market? By Maj. Bradley Townsend, a future plans officer in Operation Resolute Support and an Army space operations officer.

Read “At What Cost?”