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Air Force Space Command Details New Mission Force in White Paper; John Hyten Comments

Gen. John Hyten
Gen. John Hyten

The Air Force Space Command has released details of the newly implemented Space Mission Force in a white paper posted on the command’s website.

The white paper shows two main functions of the Space Mission Force to establish desired skills for responses to threats and to adjust force presentation and command and control constructs, the command said Friday.

“The Space Mission Force construct is really quite simple; we are revamping our crews to respond appropriately to threats in a dynamic environment,” said Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command.

The Space Mission Force’s goal is to standardize how space forces operate their weapon systems and address threats in contested and operationally-limited environments, the command says.

SMF will create the Ready Spacecrew Program to train space forces and help combatant commanders schedule available forces based on readiness.

Space operations crews will begin their training through a four to six-month rotation cycle before they join the Space Mission Task Force to apply their skills in real-world scenarios.

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