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The RAF and Space Doctrine: A Second Century and a Second Space Age

Bleddyn E Bowen
RUSI Journal, 8 August 2018
Aerospace, Technology
The UK’s Ministry of Defence sees space power as a key part of Britain’s security – whether the RAF takes the lead remains to be seen.

This article assesses the latest edition of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) joint space doctrine, the second edition of which was published in December 2017, and considers its convergence with and divergence from US doctrine. The increasing maturation of space technology may pose some challenges to the RAF’s status as the lead military space organisation in the MoD as the service heads into its second century. Overall, however, Bleddyn E Bowen argues that this doctrine places a firm intellectual foundation for the growth of space power in both the RAF and the MoD as a whole.

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