WATCH: Air Support Coming to United States Space Force Says General Raymond

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The Air Force is handing off satellites and radars to the Space Force





ABOVE VIDEO: The Space Force’s top general this week indicated the Air Force will create an organization to offer aircraft and other resources in support of U.S. Space Command, making it the final military service to do so. (Mitchell Institute video)

(Airforcemag.com) – The Space Force’s top general this week indicated the Air Force will create an organization to offer aircraft and other resources in support of U.S. Space Command, making it the final military service to do so.

“All the services will have a service component because this isn’t space for space’s sake,” Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond said Dec. 2 at the annual West Coast Aerospace Forum, which is co-hosted by AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, the RAND Corp., the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and MITRE.

“This is a much broader view of joint warfighting and it’s going to require the full weight of the joint force to handle that.”

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Proponents of military space reform cheered U.S. Space Command’s revival in 2019 as a major step toward cohesive daily operations of technology like GPS and intelligence satellites.

But now that the Air Force is handing off satellites and radars to the Space Force, it needs to offer up Airmen and assets to support the new command—or risk having a smaller part in the joint fight.

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Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond poses for a portrait after landing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo, on Oct. 20, 2020. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Bunn. (U.S. Space Force image)