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Satellites alter battlefield paradigm

COLORADO SPRINGS, April 3 (UPI) -- The head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command says modern warfare requires new thinking to understand the multidimensional aspects of satellite technologies.

Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command, said recently the modern battlefield can no longer be conceptually defined from a perspective on the ground. Kehler is calling on leaders to incorporate a new satellite-based understanding for modern military operational planning, the Air Force reported.

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"I think for far too long we have looked at our conception of future battle-space by standing on the ground and looking up," Kehler said in a statement.

"I think that might be the wrong way to look. … Straight-line thinking no longer works; objects are always in motion."

Kehler said the look of the battlefield is constantly changing with satellites orbiting in space, which requires strategic planning with the private satellite industry for a space architecture that supports advanced situational awareness.

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