Two cubesats after launch from the International Space Station's Small Satellite Orbital Deployer. Credit: NASA
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Tech. Sgt. Michael Roberts, a sensor management analyst from the 614th Air and Space Operations Center, verifies the accuracy of a radar tracking station's observations of several man-made objects floating in space March 4 here. The purpose of Joint Space Operations Center is to provide a focal point for the operational employment of worldwide joint space forces, and enable the commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Space to integrate space power into global military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vanessa Valentine)
Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for operations, talks with Mike Gruss of SpaceNews. | Credit: Michael Moser.
The U.S. Air Force said Jan. 20 a Russian rocket body from a Dec. 13, 2015 launch, pictured above,  may have broken up and created at least 10 pieces of debris. | Credit: Roscosmos.
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Betty J. Sapp (above), the director of the National Reconnaissance Officer, said  a new space battle management operations center will allow the intelligence community to experiment with new operations in space. Credit: USGIF
Caption: Space Based Space Surveillance space vehicle bus structure upon completion.

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh. Credit: DOD/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
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