Achieving the Speed of Need

At the newly developed training series known as Parallax Rising, Space Systems Command completed its first combined operations training at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Exploring and developing appropriate rules and procedures to coordinate efforts between the command and its partners’ capacity to deploy warfighting capabilities on-orbit is a focus of this exercise series.

Parallax Rising

The United States spent years constructing and launching rockets and satellites into an uncrowded and uncontested space environment during the early stages of the “space race.” But now, that dynamic has shifted. Space has changed from an open environment to one that is crowded and contested as a result of technological breakthroughs and increased competition to rule this field.

Space Systems Command performed its first combined operations Tabletop Exercise (TTX) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station as part of the newly defined TTX series named Parallax Rising in an effort to keep its competitive edge in a field that is rapidly expanding.

In order to maximize the supply of warfighting capabilities on-orbit, the exercise series Parallax Rising focuses on investigating and identifying appropriate policies and procedures to coordinate activities between the command and its allies.

This three-day exercise’s first scenario concentrated on streamlining interagency duties to produce Tactically Responsive Space (TacRS) capabilities more quickly. The Space Force is utilizing Parallax Rising as a platform to investigate what strategically responsive space looks like. This platform acts as a conduit for bringing together communities that could respond tactically in space.

The exercise scenario offered a great deal of context for actual projects by examining the flow and procedures of materiel from tasking orders, payload mating, and launch, to operational handover and integration of mission data at the warfighter level.

Parallax Rising

TacRS focuses on how to deliver capabilities at the speed of need rather than through a planned planning cycle. The reason for doing this is due to developments in the space environment, where (SSC)Space Systems Command’s opponents are directly challenging the strategic capabilities. The TTX is going to allow SSC to move faster and accelerate strategic thinking as a team. It’s all about winning from competitors.

The success and durability of the technology we are supplying will be ensured by the Parallax Rising series. The procedures developed and collated during these joint engagements act as a catalyst for improving the USSF’s overall state of preparedness. By developing these procedures, SSC will have a model to follow for subsequent endeavors to gain space superiority.

The future VICTUS NOX (Latin for “Conquer the Night”) mission from Space Safari, which is planned to launch in 2023 and showcase a revolutionary TacRS capability, is directly related to Parallax Rising.

Threats from space aren’t something that will happen in the far future; they already exist. By 2026 and beyond, the nation’s national security must be safeguarded by delivering a robust architecture to the joint warfighter. In order to preserve the command’s competitive advantage in space, forward-thinking and innovation are required, and Parallax Rising perfectly captures this idea.

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