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Revolutionary SATCOM Vision Hits Raymond’s Desk: AFSPC

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The vision itself isn’t the only thing that is needed, industry sources say. A concept of operations is required for how the Air Force will manage different user needs and interact with different industry providers. “The vision is out, but there is no concept of operations,” said one source.

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Air Force Brass Lead New SpaceCom Subcommand

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CFSCC’s mission includes executing “tactical control over globally dispersed Air Force, Army, and Navy space units that command satellites in every orbital regime.”

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

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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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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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Intel Community’s Secrecy Culture Frustrates DoD Sat Safety Effort

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“People at the NRO and others hiding in unmarked cubicles in other parts of northern Virginia started breathing into bags like never before,” said one DoD about the 2018 SSA transparency policy.

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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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Will Four-Star Strapped Navy Pass on STRATCOM Command?

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The Navy has eight four-stars in its ranks — a number that will stay steady when presumptive CNO Gilday is confirmed and gets his fourth star, and current CNO John Richardson steps down. The Air Force, by contrast has 13 four-star generals.

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Allies Push Back Against US Waffling on New START

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“New START was flawed from the beginning,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday. “It is due to expire in February 2021 and while no decision has been made, it is unlikely to be extended. We need to focus on something better. And we will.”

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Competition (With China) IS The New Deterrence, US Military Leaders Say

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Vice Adm. David Kriete, deputy STRATCOM commander: “Strategic deterrence is active deterrence; it’s very dynamic.”

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