Space Command Will Help US Retake Lead in Ongoing Space Race

CNS News | 8/23/2019 | Staff
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The space race is very much on, and the United States needs to up its game.

That was the message President Donald Trump conveyed in a series of speeches that began in March of 2018, and next week, his administration will take a major stride to do just that.

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On Thursday, Aug. 29, the Defense Department will formally establish the U.S. Space Command as the 11th unified combatant command. This seminal event is the second in a series of steps that are impressive in scope, outlook, and impact.

For decades, our nation has promoted and sustained a policy of peaceful use of space, all the while taking full advantage of the military attributes this “high ground” has to offer.

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U.S. global positioning satellites (GPS), along with our space-based intelligence and communications platforms, have delivered asymmetrical advantages to our military since the days of Desert Storm—to the point that they have changed the way we fight.

Russia and China have observed this transition, and they have developed their own significant military capabilities that can challenge the United States in space. Indeed, space must now be considered a full warfighting domain.

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In August of 2018, an independent study aptly titled the “Final Report on Organizational and Management Structure for the National Security Space Components of the Department of Defense” emerged from a bipartisan congressional directive.

The report held several major recommendations that, once executed, would help to reestablish our dominance and protect our interests in the space domain.

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Last fall, the Trump administration moved on its first recommendation by establishing the Space Development Agency—a consolidated agency to direct and oversee the military’s space development.

Prior to this agency, six different organizations were tasked with managing space equipment requirements, and eight others were charged with acquisition. This spread-out authority consistently led to program delays, cost overruns, and...
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