The U.S. Space Force aims to ramp up its modernization of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for improved space-based threat monitoring efforts through its recently established Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC), Breaking Defense reported Friday.
Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, head of service branch’s ISR Directorate, said SWAC, which is still in the early stages of development, will be responsible for developing a plan for enhancing ISR sensors.
She expects the ISR capability plan to be ready in a few years and estimates that in six months or a year, she and her team will be able to identify new sensor requirements and U.S. ground- and space-based systems' coverage gaps.
The center is primarily tasked to create future Space Force design options for consideration, according to planning guidance released by the Chief of Space Operations and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient Gen. Jay Raymond in Nov. 2021.
“The SWAC will analyze opportunities to enhance the resilience of legacy systems as an interim step to fielding a force designed to operate in a warfighting domain,” the document reads.
Lauderback hopes to create a collaborative design group capable of providing a space asset inventory and a report on requirements needed to achieve improved space domain awareness.