U.S. Space Command launching August 29; Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal on shortlist

Pablo Tucker
August 22, 2019

Its mission will be to integrate space capabilities across all branches of the military, developing space doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures, Pence said previous year at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, when the administration announced plans for a new Space Command and separate Space Force.

Space Force is closer to becoming a reality.

"The direction is clear".

Raymond has acknowledged that the standup of the new organization won't be easy, telling members of Congress in written testimony from June that "my first priority will be to ensure the seamless transition of the command and control of critical space capabilities that the nation and the joint force depend on each and every day". "A new organization is required to retain American dominance in space and it will reside in the department of the Air Force".

"Next week we will formally stand up the new unified combatant command that will be known as the United States Space Command", Pence proudly proclaimed.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford told a conference in the state of Virginia on Tuesday that the command will be established on August 29. As he revealed on Twitter: "The Space Force will serve as a force provider for personnel, assets, and capabilities supporting space operations, while Space Command will serve as the operational command that will employ space capabilities and lead space operations". "I suspect whether we like it or not, that's where we're going - in space".

A first U.S. Space Command was established in 1985 but then merged with U.S. Strategic Command in 2002 following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The new branch will be in charge of defense operations beyond Earth's atmosphere.

Space Force and the Space Command are not the same entity, but will work hand in hand, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

The Space Force could be operational as early as 2020 if Congress approves the necessary funding, Vice President Pence has said.

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