The Defense Department has announced plans to set up a new center in an effort to promote information exchanges on space operations between the military and intelligence community.
DoD said Friday the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center will be based at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado and will work to develop and assess new procedures and tactics on space systems and safeguard national space infrastructure from potential threats.
The Pentagon will allot $16 million in fiscal year 2015 DoD and Director of National Intelligence funds to establish JICSpOC and employ at least 30 personnel to work on the center’s analytic and network requirements.
DoD expects to begin the experimentation and testing phase for JICSpOC in October and complete the integration of results with standard operating procedures and other experiments by January 2017.
JICSpOC will also work to support the activities of the California-based Joint Space Operations Center and the U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Commander for Space.