Published: Fri, August 30, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump launches US Space Command to address new threats

Trump launches US Space Command to address new threats

Today, at the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the Secretary of Defense established the United States Space Command to ensure space superiority.

The Combined Force Space Component Command, which Raymond commanded before taking over Space Command, will be elevated to a "combined command to help us integrate with allies more effectively, and that command is going to be focused on integrating space capabilities around the globe throughout all of our. coalition partners", he said.

So just as we have recognized land, air, sea and cyber as vital war-fighting domains, we will now treat space as an independent region over seen by a new unified geographic combatant command, ' the president said.

The second component is the Joint Task Force for Space Defense, a new organization that will focus on protecting and defending the space domain, Raymond said, adding that he will have a better idea of the new command's size once the manpower validation process is complete.

"It's a big deal".

The Space Command is viewed as a step toward the Space Force military branch - but this would still need congressional approval.

The ceremony marked a major milestone in one of the administration's top national security priorities, to renew American interest and investment in outer space. The House version uses the term "Space Corps", reflecting the parallel to the Marine Corps, while the Senate version sticks with "Space Force".

Peterson was headquarters of the previous Space Command, which was shuttered in 2002.

"The dangers to our country constantly evolve, and so must we", Mr. Trump said from the Rose Garden. The president's other high-profile, space-related proposal to build a Space Force as a sixth uniformed military service, drew initial criticism including by some top Pentagon officials. Its responsibilities will be transferred primarily from US Strategic Command.

In particular, he cited advances by Russian Federation and China that have rendered space a contested domain where the United States faces threats that it didn't before, from the jamming of Global Positioning System and communications satellites to the possibility those satellites could be shot down.

"The establishment of the 11th combatant command is a landmark moment".

"We understand the message that China was sending - that they could take out a satellite in space", Mattis said during a trip to Brazil.

Commercially, if the freedom to go to and operate in space were disrupted by hostile activities, the global space industry - which Morgan Stanley now estimates to have annual revenues of roughly $350bn - would have a lot to lose.

Raymond was a natural candidate for the role: For the past three years, he has led the Air Force Space Command, the confusingly similarly named office that focuses exclusively on Air Force operations in space.

"I really believe we are at strategic inflection point, where there is nothing that we do in the joint coalition force that isn't enabled by space".

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