DVIDS – News – Army space leaders address AUSA midday report


REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – As the military plans strategic deterrence and deploys formations within the multi-domain task force, the space capabilities of the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command will play a key role.

Lt. Gen. Daniel L. Karbler, commanding general of the USASMDC, told the Association of the United States Army’s Noon Report, May 4, that his command is well positioned to contribute to the efforts and explained how Army space contributes to a multi – area operations force and Army space capabilities are critical to the success of ground combat operations today, and their importance will only be ‘increase as the MDO concept transforms.

“Making sure that when we talk about convergence and when we talk about common command and control in all areas, we have to have the pipes and the networks to be able to support it,” added Karbler. “We need to be able to get the right information at the right time to the right people.”

Karbler pointed out that the USASMDC personnel are the command’s greatest asset with more than 2,800 soldiers and civilians trained and ready to support the military, joint force, and allies and partners in 11 time zones and 23 locations across the world. He said the USASMDC is committed to recruiting, training and developing military space and missile defense professionals.

“For a year and more of this pandemic, we should all be very proud of what SMDC and what (Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense) have been able to accomplish,” said Karbler, who also commands. the JFCC IMD. “We have a 24/7 fail-safe mission. Whether providing missile alerts or providing satellite communications, the approximately 3,000 soldiers, civilians and contractors who make up SMDC and JFCC IMD attended. “

Karbler said the USASMDC trains and provides operational space fighters and missile defense to combat commanders; develop and test future combat concepts; and carries out the development of science and technology to keep the Army on the cutting edge of areas of capability.

“We are technology experts,” Karbler said. “When you look at what the soldiers of the 1st Space Brigade are doing and the soldiers of the Satellite Operations Brigade and what our soldiers are doing in the missile defense, it makes me really proud of the situation of the military in terms of is about technology. It is simply amazing.

Karbler said the military’s space capabilities are critical to the success of ground combat operations and their importance will only increase as the MDO concept transforms. He said space integration with land force operations continues to gain importance as reliance on satellite communications, GPS, electronic warfare, missile warning and surveillance capabilities grows. .

“We’re on a learning campaign,” Karbler said. “We’re really emphasizing our education opportunities on space training and making sure people understand what space does for the maneuver commander. It’s not just things in orbit, but there are tactical applications of the space capabilities that we have.

“During training, we make sure that our spatial capabilities are understood, as well as replicate the spatial capabilities of our adversaries,” he added.

Col. Andrew R. “Drew” Morgan, commander of the US Army Astronaut Detachment at NASA, joined Karbler to participate in the program.

Morgan said the Army astronauts and the Army Astronaut Detachment make up only a tiny fraction of the military’s space resources. He said the participation of Army astronauts in NASA’s manned space flight program helps inform the military’s space needs and doctrine and is essential in maintaining relationships with partners in the space industry.

“It’s a very exciting time,” Morgan said. “The Army has had a very lasting legacy in our manned space flight program. All of those selected by NASA are highly and technically capable, but the leadership qualities that Army astronauts bring in addition to these technical skills are widely known in our program.

Morgan said the US Army Astronaut Detachment from NASA is a subordinate element of USASMDC and that although assigned to command, Army astronauts are assigned to NASA for the duration of the period. their assignment as astronauts.

Morgan said he was grateful for the opportunity to represent the military to the nation and will always be a soldier first.

“It is a real pleasure to represent the diversity of the missions that we have within SMDC,” said Morgan. “The NASA Army Detachment is only a very small capacity within the operational arm of SMDC, but we are very visible. We are very small but powerful in fact. Our mission at the NASA Army Detachment is to represent the soldiers in space on the ultimate heights.

“I had an atypical career that got me to this point,” Morgan added. “I say that I am a soldier, a medic and an astronaut, but I am a soldier first and a soldier always. When NASA chose me in 2013, they were selecting an Army officer who was the product of Army education, Army experiences and Army skills. I think NASA is happy with the product the military has given them. ”

Date taken: 05.05.2021
Date posted: 05.05.2021 18:59
Story ID: 395688
Location: REDSTONE ARSENAL, AL, United States

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