With the military's reliance on network centricity well established, communications and situational awareness satellites have increased in significance to military operations -and to potential adversaries seeking to counter Western goals without confronting superior allied forces directly. SPACECOM's only space-based space surveillance system, the mid-course experiment satellite (MSX), is an aging advanced concept technology demonstration launched in the late 1990s.\n Gen. Kehler notes that engineers are working on the problem, and he hopes that a clear understanding of the trouble will lead to a determination of how much it will cost to fix it. SPACECOM is looking at future space systems that could augment current surveillance, reconnaissance and communication platforms rapidly in response to combatant commander needs; that rapidly could replace space assets suddenly destroyed or disabled; and that rapidly could deploy systems supporting space situational awareness.
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