The China proposing “combined air and space” strategy in 2004, the purpose is for the acceleration military modernization, specially establishes the information system that is C4ISR (command, control, communication, computer, information, surveillance, reconnaissance) system. The system is able to integrate armament system, operational platform, and maintenances equipment into an operational system. For instance, the United States achieves the success in the Gulf War, the Kosovo war, the Afghan war, and the Iraqi war that relies on veriety of satellites in the space. In other words, the U.S. can win the victory depends on comprehensive C4ISR system in the space.
The thesis study the goal of China’s “combined air and space” strategy is to exploit the space system to support the military operations and to maintain air supremacy for the “combined air and space” warfare in the future. Moreover, the China faces the developing and limiting factors in the military, the economics and the technology of the astronautics ability, as well as deploying the assets of the C4ISR system in the air and space battlefield. Also evaluating the C4ISR system ability of the United States in the air and space battlefield, and analyzing the disparity between the China and The U.S. in the C4ISR system. Taking the navigation satellite as the example, the China deploys “the Beidou” navigation satellite system still in the developing stage, but the U.S. already deployed “Global Positioning System” (GPS) for 20 years. From the overall, the China still fell behind the United States in the ability of the C4ISR system for 10 to 20 years.
There are three findings in the thesis. First, the China will put the priority in pursuing the “command of space” (space supremacy) in the future and it’s “combined air and space” strategy is a guidance that utilizes the space power in the work of information as possible as he can, especially the strengthen the military power is by means of the ability of space power in the surveillances and reconnaissance, the meteorological information, the control and communication, the navigation and positioning of the ammunition. Secondly, the China will increase the funds, do the brain gain, and develop the science and its facility in the aspect of developing the space power, and the China will keep up with the U.S. in the science and technology as possible as he can. Finally, the China is going to establish the “Space Forces” with the “possessing both offense and defense ” ability, not only develop the space information warfare weaponry but also develop assaulting weaponry to attack space assets ,especially paralyzing enemy''s combat system and leader''s will. At present many Chinese authors advert to the foundation of the “Space Forces” about the time, the organization, the exploitation, the operation types as well as existing limitations. All in all, the aspect in the organization and the operation ability of “Space Force” will be the observation focus in the future.