Washington, Aug 30: President Donald Trump announced the establishment of the United States Space Command crucial to the nation’s defence and in broader effort to preserve US dominance in orbit.
“The establishment of the 11th combatant command is a landmark moment. This is landmark day, one that recognizes the centrality of space to America’s national security and defense,” Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony.
A new combatant command that represents a key milestone on the president’s quest to have a Space Force and Trump administration’s response to China and Russia’s emerging capability to disrupt U.S. space operations—through electronic jamming, shooting down satellites, and more.
“The dangers to our country constantly evolve and so must we. Now, those who wish to harm the United States, to seek to challenge us in the ultimately high ground of space — it’s going to be a whole different ballgame,” Trump said during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
He said Space Command, headed by a four-star air force general, will ‘ensure that America’s dominance in space is never questioned and never threatened.’
The original U.S. Space Command, created in 1985 to coordinate the space operations of the different armed services, was disbanded in 2002 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The U.S. Space Command is the nation’s 11th combatant command. Others include geographic commands, such as Central Command, Africa Command and Indo-Pacific Command, which oversee operations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, respectively; and functional commands, such as Transportation Command, which oversees logistics across the military, and Strategic Command, which controls the nuclear arsenal. Africa Command created in 2007.
The Trump Administration just established the United States Space Command to protect America's national security and freedom to operate in space! pic.twitter.com/QMSv6elmtV
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 29, 2019
As of Thursday, Space Command counted 287 personnel assigned to it, largely made up of those currently deployed with a unit of U.S. Strategic Command devoted to space. Raymond said the Air Force is still deciding where to locate Space Command’s headquarters among six U.S. bases.