U.S. Space Command
Congress approved $148 million for the Consolidated Space Operations Facility.
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
Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting said the transfer of space traffic management responsibilities can't happen until Commerce gets the necessary resources.
Because much of what the military does in space is classified, many of the details of how U.S. Space Command will operate will be kept secret. Based on what we have learned so far, here are five important things to know about the new command.
Lt. Gen. Dickinson: Army has 'a very important role' in space operations.
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."
Army Brig. Gen. Thomas James will be the commander of Joint Task Force Space Defense.
At a White House ceremony Thursday, President Donald Trump officially reestablished U.S. Space Command as the Defense Department’s 11th unified combatant command.
Esper: 'I’m excited for tomorrow’s activation of the United States Space Command.'
As head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command since 2017, Dickinson has advocated for more training for troops about their dependence on space.
Gen. Mark Milley said he fully supports the establishment of a Space Force and rejects the criticism that the new branch is just an “added layer of bureaucracy.”
The Combined Forces Space Component Command at Vandenberg will be responsible to support military commanders with space services. The Joint Task Force Space Defense at Schriever will focus on protecting satellites.
Sen. Jack Reed: “An issue that will be paramount for both of you is Space Command’s relationship with the NRO."
In a keynote address at the 35th Space Symposium, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan laid out his most forceful case so far for the establishment of a new military branch for space.
Shanahan said the top priorities in DoD space reorganization are U.S. Space Command and the Space Development Agency.