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Space capabilities have become an integral part of everyone’s life – just look at GPS – and their importance for warfighting has also evolved. Government Matters’ Mimi Geerges spoke with LTG Daniel Karbler, commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, about Army space capabilities and his command’s mission and priorities.

  • One of the command’s most urgent priorities for technical advancement is the ability to track hypersonic missiles coming in, said Karbler. The Army is working with the Missile Defense Agency to identify those requirements.
  • He explained that the Space Force focuses on strategic missions supporting the Defense Department and geographic and functional combatant commands, whereas his command looks at the tactical fight to support ground maneuver commanders. This involves precision guided weapons, deep sensing for targeting, communications links, navigation and timing.
  • The Army Space and Missile Defense Command hosts a campaign exercise called Nimble Titan with 27 nations to examine threats, scenarios, techniques, procedures, data and policies to be able to defeat adversaries through missile defense capabilities, said Karbler.
  • He also discussed the Army astronauts in the Johnson Space Center, saying he “couldn’t be prouder” of their contributions.

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