James Mattis, secretary of the Defense Department, has said DoD is supportive of a plan to form a new combatant command focused on space, Defense News reported Tuesday.
“We need to address space as a developing warfighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can we can establish,” he told reporters Tuesday at the Pentagon.
Mattis, a two-time Wash100 recipient, said DoD is “in complete alignment” with President Donald Trump’s concern about the need to protect space assets and is now in the process of creating the new organization.
President Donald Trump announced plans in June for the establishment of a new “space force” in an effort to maintain the country’s dominance in space.
Mattis noted that DoD will support the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities to safeguard the midterm elections against possible interference from Russia and other threat actors, according to a report by DoD News.