Naval War College Review


Basking in the warm light of success following the Persian Gulf War, U .S. Air Force Chief of Staff Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak declared that it had been "the first space war."1 Without a space capability to support the terrestrial warfighter, the outcome of the Gulf War might well have been quite different-one with disastrous consequences not only for the governments of the United States and its allies but also for United Nations coalition military forces as well.