Gen. John “Jay” Raymond
In an exclusive interview, Gen. John Raymond, the first chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, talks about the initial steps in organizing the new service.
Pence: “The next year is going to be a busy year and we are going to see literally thousands of Air Force personnel move into the Space Force."
Raymond: "Having a Space Force with a singular focus on the space domain will be hugely, hugely helpful to us."
Gen. Raymond said U.S. SPACECOM intends to influence DoD's budget priorities
Raymond: “It’s no longer good enough just to have a satellite that can survive launch and can survive initial operations. You have to have a satellite that is defendable."
Sen. Jack Reed: “An issue that will be paramount for both of you is Space Command’s relationship with the NRO."
Raymond today is the nation’s top space commander, overseeing space forces under the Air Force and joint forces under U.S. Strategic Command.
During a recent conversation with a senior defense official about the changes coming to military space, he pointed out that under the proposed reorganization the lines of authority could become a little blurred.
The Air Force’s advocacy group, the Air Force Association, is taking off the gloves and pointedly voicing opposition to separating space out of the Air Force.
The newly installed leader of U.S. Air Force Space Command said the military must be prepared to defend its space-enabled advantages, and that space operators are going to be at the forefront of any joint fight.