Naval War College Review


This work examines the development of space systems and its implications for naval warfare in the twenty-first century by focusing on the argument that “access to space systems makes possible a new style of warfare.” It addresses the “linked revolution of long-range missiles and their space-based supporting systems.” Furthermore, Friedman seeks to under- stand how the development of space- based systems (notably rockets and satellites) has radically influenced how naval forces conduct navigation, communication, reconnaissance, and targeting. The reality is that modern military forces depend almost entirely on platforms in space to know where they are and to communicate with friendly forces, as well as to know the location of enemy forces and use that information to destroy them. This “rev- olution in military affairs” is now hav- ing an effect on a global scale.