An Airman from the 45th Space Wing records the liftoff of United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV GPS III Magellan rocket on August 22, 2019, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker)

Department of Defense Establishes U.S. Space Command

At the direction of the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper established U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) today as the eleventh Unified Combatant Command.  Gen. John W. Raymond is its Senate confirmed commander.

“To ensure the protection of America’s interests in space we must apply the necessary focus, energy, and resources to the task – and that is exactly what Space Command will do,” said Secretary Esper. “Gen. Raymond is acutely aware of the vital role that space plays in U.S. national security and our way of life and is an ideal choice to lead this new command. Establishing the United States Space Command as a unified combatant command is the next critical step towards the creation of an independent Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

“Assured access to space is vital across the full range of military operations,” said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. “This step puts us on a path to maintain a competitive advantage in this critical war fighting domain.”

From establishment, Gen. Raymond will remain dual-hatted as Commander, U.S. Space Command, and Commander, Air Force Space Command.

More information can be found at https://www.spacecom.mil.

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