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 »
Heather Wilson, U.S. Air Force secretary, has told the congressional armed services committee the service branch aims to open a three-star vice commander of the Air Force Space Command position to help the U.S. Space Command oversee space-related operations, Space News reported Tuesday. The move will support broader Air Force …Read More »
Lt. Gen. John Hyten, vice commander at Air Force Space Command, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Gen. William Shelton as command leader, Air Force Times reported Tuesday. Aaron Mehta writes that Obama has also nominated Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, head of the 18th Air Force, to …Read More »
The U.S. Air Force Space Command is faced with tough decisions on what its priorities are for space strategy as the command faces budget tightening, the command’s leader said Tuesday. Gen. William Shelton said the command has decided to put a third of the receivers used for the Space Fence …Read More »