John Raymond Creates Two US Space Command Components

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John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, commander of the U.S. Space Command, has directed the establishment of two subordinate commands which will handle global space operations. The unified combatant command said Friday that the Joint Task Force Space Defense and Combined Force Space Component Command will provide defense against threats to U.S. space capabilities and develop space programs related to national security.

“It’s important to understand that, like all nations, we have the inherent right of self-defense, so purposeful interference with space assets vital to our national security will be met by leveraging our multi-domain capabilities across air, land, sea, cyber and space, and all of our instruments of national power,” Raymond said.

Brig. Gen. Thomas James will head JTF-SD, while Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting will command CFSCC. The Senate confirmed Raymond to his current role in June, three months after President Trump nominated him for the post.

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