WASHINGTON — In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since being nominated to run U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, gave a full-throated endorsement to the Trump administration’s proposal to create a Space Force.
“I fully support the standup of a Space Force underneath the Air Force,” Raymond said on Wednesday in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee.
Raymond testified alongside Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, and Cristina Chaplain, director of contracting and national security acquisitions at the Government Accountability Office.
Raymond said a separate military service will give space the importance it deserves. A major benefit of a Space Force, he said, is that will “align and unify space activities” that are now spread out across many organizations. A Space Force will be led by a four-star general who “will come to work every day focused on that domain,” Raymond said.
The Defense Department in February submitted a legislative proposal that would create a Space Force under the Department of the Air Force, led by a four-star chief of staff, a four-star vice chief of staff and a civilian ...