Air Force Gen. John Raymond: Joint Force Readiness Key to Fight Potential Conflicts in Space

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Gen. John Raymond, chief of the Air Force Space Command, has said the joint force should be prepared to address potential conflicts in the space domain as potential adversaries work to build technological capabilities that seek to deny access to space, Defense News reported Monday.

Raymond made the remarks at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on national security priorities in the space domain for fiscal 2018.

He also cited his priorities such as efforts to build up space situational awareness, increase the space architecture’s defense capability, facilitate professional development among the command’s airmen and advance operations of the National Space Defense Center.

Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2017, also discussed the need to leverage artificial intelligence, algorithms and machine-to-machine learning tools to automate GEOINT data collection and analysis and facilitate the delivery of intelligence and navigation support to warfighters.

Other officials that testified at the House panel hearing include Air Force Lt. Gen. David Buck, commander of the joint functional component-space at the U.S. Strategic Command; Betty Sapp, director of the National Reconnaissance Office; and John Hill, deputy assistant defense secretary for space policy.

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