United States Space Force to Lay Long-Term Groundwork in Second Year

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The Space Force is figuring out what new roles intelligence professionals will play in the fledgling service.

The Space Force is figuring out what new roles intelligence professionals will play in the fledgling service. (U.S. Space Force image)

(AirForceMag.com) — The Space Force hasn’t yet turned 1-year-old, but it’s already planning for what it wants to be in 30 years.

Charting that long-term vision will be a main focus of the newest service in its second year, Pentagon space policy boss Justin T. Johnson said during an Oct. 7 Heritage Foundation event.

Congress approved the creation of an armed force dedicated to space in December 2019.

The Space Force is now breaking out from the Air Force to oversee personnel, equipment, and training for missions like rocket launches, GPS satellite operations, cybersecurity of space assets, ballistic missile tracking, and more.

U.S. Space Command and the other global command organizations use these capabilities daily.

“They have a lot of work across all their lanes, organizing, training, and equipping,” said Johnson, who recently became acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy.

“Probably the biggest single thing that I know [Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond] is working on … [is] really fleshing out that long-term vision for the Space Force. What’s the force design, force development elements of the Space Force? What does that future vision in 10, 20, 30 years need to look like?”

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