U.S. Space Force is Up and Running

U.S. Space Force is Up and Running

Currently, the U.S. Space Force is in charge of organizing, training, and equipping forces to support operations run by the U.S. Space Command and other combatant divisions. The commander of the U.S. Space Command, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, was sworn in as the first Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force at a White House ceremony by Vice President Mike Pence

FREMONT, CA: Plans for the Space Force, the new service branch within the U.S. Air Force, were being drawn up throughout 2019. However, it wasn't until Congress reached a deal in December on the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that the Space Force became a reality. The uncertainty on the establishment of this division was evident even amongst its planners. “We honestly didn’t know until mid-December,” said Air Force Major Gen John Shaw, commander of the U.S. Space Force’s newly created Space Operations Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. President Donald Trump's signature on the NDAA was the final approval that confirmed the birth of the new branch.

Currently, the U.S. Space Force is in charge of organizing, training, and equipping forces to support operations run by the U.S. Space Command and other combatant divisions. The commander of the U.S. Space Command, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, was sworn in as the first Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force at a White House ceremony by Vice President Mike Pence. "By creating the Space Force, the president, and Congress have given us a great opportunity to build the force we need to respond to the challenges we face in the space domain," said Raymond.

The U.S. Space Force has been set up 72 years after the U.S. last created a new military service, the last being the establishment of the U.S. Air Force, which stemmed from the Army Air Corps. According to Raymond, the addition of the sixth branch of the armed forces is not just historical but also critical for national security and that of its allies. One of the essential goals of the Space Force will be to deter any conflict from extending into space. The ambitious programs of China and Russia to develop offensive space control capabilities are seen as one of the primary reasons for the launch of the space warfighting domains. “We want to deter conflict from happening,” Raymond said. “The best way I know how to do that is from a position of strength.” As of now, the Space Force will be headquartered in the Pentagon with a workforce of 200 personnel.

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