by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel
7th Air Force Public Affairs
3/13/2015 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- "Space,
the final frontier," means a lot to people in different careers, but is
the vast blackness filled with mesmerizing intergalactic-lights
important to today's warfighter?
According to Air Force Capt. Jamil Brown, 607th Air Operations Center
chief of space plans, space is a newer concept to warfighting, and his
team works to integrate the concept into exercise Key Resolve 15.
"As chief of space plans, I'm in charge of integrating space into the
air tasking order cycle, making sure the plan that's put together has
both the space support it needs and also the estimated space effects to
make sure the mission goes along as planned," Brown said.
Over the past few exercises, integrating space effects into KR scenarios has been an evolutionary process.
"One of the nice things about working with our Korean counterparts is
we're beginning to not only educate everyone here [on] what space has to
contribute, but we're also integrating it into the plans, so space is
as essential and integral as everything else," he said.
During the exercise process, Brown found that planners' interest in
space had increased as they sought to understand how space effects fit
into their planning and maneuvers.
"It's great they have that thirst, but now we're catching up to that to
[make] sure we can satisfy that interest in space knowledge," Brown
said. "That's a challenge I'm pleased to have to overcome."
U.S. Army Capt. Otis Ingram, 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment
space coordination officer, said space technology isn't just applicable
to flying and air combat; it's essential to troops on the ground.
"Although solar flares and space dust aren't directly related to what
troops on the ground are doing, it directly affects elements of warfare
such as GPS and satellite communication," Brown said.
He said generating and implementing knowledge of space effects is sure
to help KR run smoother, but more importantly, play a role in future
combat and humanitarian operations around the world.
"Space has been around for a while, but in regards to integrating it
into the overall theater of operations, we will continue to improve and
develop to better assist our counterparts and warfighters around the
globe," Brown said.