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For over 30 years, space has been integral to the security of the United States and its allies. Secretary of the Air Force Donald B. Rice said, "Space forces are a central element of our global reach, the principal attribute of the Air Force's aerospace operations of the future."

Recent conflicts have underscored the role space now plays in our combat capability. Our navigation satellites provide instant pinpoint positioning and targeting information to aircraft, ground forces, ships, and command centers. Communications satellites provide global connectivity between all levels of our national security infrastructure. Weather satellites report meteorological data in near real time directly to forces in the theater. Early warning satellites, which detect and report ballistic missile launches, serve strategic objectives as well as tactical purposes. These and other space systems will continue to be essential to the success of future military operations. Whenever and wherever American men and women fight, space will forevermore be critical to their success.

Air Force policy states, "Spacepower will assume as decisive a role in future combat operations as airpower has today." As we move toward this goal, educating our future leadership becomes even more critical. Air Force Space Command has collaborated with Air University to produce this new edition of the Space Handbook . It is an excellent two volume instructional and reference manual. Volume 1 discusses space system organizations, roles and missions, policy, and space applications. Volume 2 provides an introduction to the physical laws and principles of space.

This handbook will provide new students of space a sound basis from which to grow and will stimulate experienced professionals. It is your guide to space and your invitation to all the excitement and opportunity therein.


Lieutenant General, USAF

Commander, Air University