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SPACECOM To Write New Ops War Plan: 100km And Up

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


If the US receives intelligence that Russia is prepping a strike against a US satellite, does SPACECOM task a drone or a B-21 bomber to take it out before it launches? Or does Gen. Raymond choose to simply maneuver the targeted satellite out of the way?

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Declassify Space Threats, US Capabilities For Stronger Deterrence: AFCENT

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“Right now space is a supporting element to a geographic [component command] … but that paradigm is going to flip over time, where the supported command — the primacy, where the actions will happen first — is going to be space,” says Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, head of Air Force Central Command.

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AFSPC Study, Eye On China, Urges ‘Expansive’ New Strategy

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A new AFSPC study posits a possible future — named after ancient Chinese warlord Zhang He — where China dominates space even as human presence vastly expands to the Moon and beyond.

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Raymond’s First SPACECOM Move: Two New Subcommands and Their Leaders

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Air Force Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting is the new head of SPACECOM’s Combined Force Space Component Command; Gen. Tom James leads the new Joint Task Force Space Defense.

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Space Command Launched At Rose Garden, Gen. Raymond Speaks On Anti-Satellite Weapons

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President Donald Trump, at the White House Rose Garden, said: “Our adversaries are weaponizing Earth’s orbits with new technology targeting American satellites that are critical to both battlefield operations and our way of life at home. Our freedom to operate in space is also essential to detecting and destroying any missile launched against the United States.”

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Air Force Suppressed Space Force Debate; Lt. Gen. Kwast Spoke Truth To Power

Posted by Peter Garretson on


If the new Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Matt Donovan, is looking for someone who can “unleash the power of space’ he should look to the bold leadership of Steve Kwast and recommend his nomination to be the first Space Force Commander.

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SATCOM, Offensive Space Key Challenges for SPACECOM Transition

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“Deterrence only works if can communicate our capabilities, and we must tell our adversaries what we have waiting if they choose to cross a red line,” says Maj. Gen. Rick Evans.

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STRATCOM Move to Space Command: 2 Years, 100s Of People

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Maj. Gen. Rick Evans says STRATCOM will have a difficult challenge in identifying which headquarters personnel should transfer to the new SPACECOM when it stands up.

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US, Japan To Ink Hosted Payload Pact to Monitor Sats

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Japan plans to host an American Space Situational Awareness (SSA) sensor payload on their QZSS satellites. American and Japanese officials are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding by the end of the year.

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SPACECOM Stand-Up: New Focus For Ongoing Missions

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LinQuest in April began work under a $9.2 million, sole-source contract to “hold the planks for the stand-up” of SPACECOM, working directly with Gen. Raymond and its joint staff directorates.

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