For those of you of sufficient age, you should have heard that title in your head with the stentorian voice of this fine announcer. But in all seriousness, the U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command have their work cut out for them, developing doctrine and strategy and educating the public on the contributions of space to daily life in the modern world. A.P. Penaflor joins host Jacqueline Whitt in the studio to discuss space, a topic that once held nations spellbound but has become so routine that the average citizen gives it little thought. But the members of the DoD that work in the space realm every day are busy developing the tactics, techniques and procedures that allow the military and commercial industries to operate and navigate in the unforgiving environment today and well into the future.
There’s no cleanup action in space. It’d be great if there was some way to deploy a space vacuum out there to take out debris or any types of cleanup services, but it’s unlike any other domain. We can’t just physically go up there with ease and be able to repair that environment so that it can become usable.
Americo D. Penaflor is a Lt Col and and Active Guard Reserve member in the Air Force Reserve. Previously, he was the Director of Operations, 710th Operations Group, Detachment 1, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, responsible for establishing the first Reserve Associate Unit with a Classical Association to the 4th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron (4 EWS). He was a member of the Carlisle Scholars Program and he is a graduate of the AY23 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Dr. Jacqueline Whitt is the Director of the Organizational Learning Unit in the Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources for the Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She was the second Editor-In-Chief of WAR ROOM and remains an associate editor on the team. Follow her on Twitter @notabattlechick.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Photo Description: Hubble’s view of the Carina Nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this inferno. In the process, these stars are shredding the surrounding material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born.