Space Command to Officially Launch on August 29

Space Command to Officially Launch on August 29

Speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council on Tuesday, Gen. Joe Dunford, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced the date for the standup of the new organization, the first combatant command to be fully stood up since Africa Command was created in 2009.

"I'm pleased to announce that we will recognize its new leader, Four Star Air Force General John Raymond will be the first leader of the United States Space Command", said Vice President Pence.

"The U.S. Space Command will be charged with defending our critical space assets from the increasing threats posed by potential adversaries", Donovan said.

The U.S. Space Command will be the military's unified combatant command in charge of the country's defense operations in space.

Speaking at the National Space Council meeting in Virginia, military leaders warned of a growing military threat in space from Russian Federation and China.

President Donald Trump has also been touting the idea of a "Space Force", a potential sixth branch of the USA military, for over a year.

U.S. Space Command, the Pentagon's 11th combatant command and the first new one in 10 years, will stand up at a ceremony on August 29, according to the U.S. military's highest-ranking officer.

While the Space Force and the Space Command will work together, they are not the same entity.

President Donald Trump's administration has already sent a bill to Congress aimed at establishing a sixth military branch equal in rank to the Army, Navy and Marines during the 2020 fiscal year, starting in October.

The new command's capabilities will include missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support, Dunford said.

"Space is a war-fighting domain", Pence said.

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