Army updating Space Training Strategy

By Ashley Tressel / October 17, 2019 at 3:46 PM

The Army's Space and Missile Defense Command will be updating its Space Training Strategy over the next three to four months, according to the general in charge of the command.

Lt. Gen. James Dickinson told reporters at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting Wednesday the strategy is based on SMDC's role in the service's multidomain task force in the Indo-Pacific region.

The multidomain task force pilot program was created under Army Pacific Command in 2017 and has participated in nine major joint training events across the region, according to the service.

Dickinson said the strategy aims to look at: "How do we educate the soldiers within the formations to understand the space environment that they're working or training in combat in. So, do they know whether or not signals that they're receiving are correct [or] incorrect, or should they use them or not, and then what space capabilities can they leverage to do the mission that they’re given on the ground?"

"It's a thorough process," he added. "We need to make sure that not just the people that do space understand and agree with it, but the bigger force understands and agrees with our strategy."

Dickinson also emphasized SMDC's close relationship with the assured positioning, navigation and timing cross-functional team, which this week announced the development of an overarching "space strategy."