On Monday, September 9th, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, USMC, presided over a ceremony that reactivated the US Space Command, naming Gen. Jay Raymond its new commander.
The significance of this decision by the Pentagon is the recognition that the space domain is increasingly becoming an offensive and hostile environment. Russia and China recently have developed space weapons that threaten our satellites that are crucial to our national defense and commercial communications networks.
The destruction of our satellite constellations would seriously damage the early warning and intelligence network and shut down our civilian communication system. This action would put at risk the ability to maintain the country’s financial network, shutting down our internet, financial transaction and communication systems.
The reactivation of US Space Command as a combatant command will allow the Air Force’s newest command to focus its strategic singular mission to deter aggressive and conflict in a space environment by providing space war fighting options.
US Space Command will also integrate and support our allies in the defense and deterrence of hostile forces from attacking our allies satellites.
US Space Command will temporarily be stationed at Peterson Field in Colorado Springs, until the Air Force evaluates where its permanent location will be. Both Buckley Air Force Base and Peterson Air Force Base are in the running for the home of the Headquarters of Space Command.
Congress and the Pentagon have made the appropriate decision in understanding the need for a stronger defensive and offensive presence in space. The reactivation of US Space Command is a wise and appropriate decision.
In fact, the threat of a total shut down of our military and civilian communication network is unacceptable and essential to the very survival of Democracy.
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