From remarks at the Pentagon yesterday by Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, commander in chief of the U.S. Space Command:
Since Desert Storm we've been working very hard to bring space capabilities to the war fighter at the . . . operational and tactical level, and I think in Kosovo we finally got there. . . . It was truly a space-enabled war. You think about the global positioning system [GPS] and the precision-guided munitions that were GPS-aided, enabling us to do things we have not been able to do before, and that is not just use precision-guided munitions, but use them [to] go through the weather. . . . Because the weather was such a factor over there.
For the first time in combat, we pushed what I would call real-time information to the cockpit. We put some strap-on systems on the B-52s and the B-1s that enabled them to get the latest intelligence . . . overlaid with lots of digital products, maps and so forth and some imagery. . . . And it's being reviewed right now by the Air Force and Air Combat Command to determine if that's something they want to do on a permanent modifications sort of basis.
We also used some very old technology we have, the Defense SupportProgram satellite . . . initially designed to pick up strategic ballistic missiles. We used that the first time for battle strike indications. And sometimes it was the only indication of strikes that had been ongoing. . . .
We actually deployed only 91 folks into the European theater to support the Kosovo conflict, so our tooth-to-tail ratio is very favorable.