The Senate has confirmed Christopher Scolese, director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, to lead the National Reconnaissance Office, Politico reported Friday. The move coincides with U.S. Air Force Gen. John Raymond's confirmation to lead U.S. Space Command.Read More »
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, to lead the new, larger U.S. Space Command, The Hill reported Thursday. He will concurrently lead the Air Foce and national space commands as a dual-role official. U.S. Space Command will support the military's efforts to boost space security.Read More »
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said he believes a single organization can address the synchronization issue between satellites and their corresponding terminals, National Defense reported Wednesday. Hyten said at the Space Symposium that Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, who was nominated to serve as head of U.S. Space Command in March, could play a role in addressing the problem.Read More »
A U.S. Air Force memorandum named four Colorado bases and two Alabama and California locations as the potential candidates for the U.S. Space Command’s new headquarters, CNN reported Saturday. According to the memo obtained by CNN, the recently established combatant command may be housed at Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain AFB, Peterson AFB or Schriever AFB in Colorado. Other potential locations include Vanderberg AFB in California and the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.Read More »
Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Patrick Shanahan said the Department of Defense’s objective is to accelerate the “margin of dominance” in space to protect the country’s $19 trillion economy and military systems, the DoD website reported Wednesday. Shanahan said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that DoD’s reorganization efforts to recognize space as a warfighting domain supports the goal and involves the creation of a new Space Force within the Department of the Air Force, development of a new Space Command and formation of a new Space Development Agency.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon has selected the official to lead the U.S. Space Command, Inside Defense reported Tuesday. The secretary declined to name the person and noted the Department of Defense is still working on the process to re-establish the command.Read More »
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he intends to arrange tabletop exercises in the fall of this year to help the Defense Department establish and explore the “war fighting attributes” of a new combatant command for space, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Dunford wrote a memo to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to address the latter’s concerns about U.S. Space Command’s acquisition responsibilities.Read More »
Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Defense Department has initiated steps to establish a space-focused military command as part of a reorganization plan, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. He said Tuesday at the Pentagon that DoD will use existing resources and personnel to fund and operate the proposed space command, which will be led by a four-star general.Read More »