Lt. Gen. Michael Balsa, who currently serves as vice commander of the Air Force Space Command, will succeed Lord, according to his official biography page. Balsa brings more than 30 years of military experience to the table.
In his current position he maintains mission-ready space and cyberspace forces for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and variety of other geographic combatant commands.
Balsa has worked in five operational communication units and has served on the staffs of the U.S. Transportation Command, Joint Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command and Air Force Communications Command.
Prior to his current position, Balsa served as vice director for C4 Systems for the Pentagon.