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Op-Ed | Reestablishing U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs is the only serious option

23 Apr 2019, 14:00 UTC
Op-Ed | Reestablishing U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs is the only serious option
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Earlier this month, leaders from the Department of Defense made their case before the Senate Armed Services Committee in favor of the creation of a new, separate military service focused on warfighting in space. During their testimony to the Senate, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan, Secretary of the Air Force Wilson, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford, and STRATCOM Commander General Hyten presented a unified front, making their case (and the administration’s) for reforming our defense space establishment. Their end goal? To shape it into a more effective organization able to address the growing challenges in that domain.
The testimony given was compelling and the bipartisan questions illuminating, but the best consequence of the hearing was to see the Senate finally give attention to the growing space capabilities of our near-peer competitors and the ongoing militarization of space and discuss what we must do about it. We no longer need to debate whether space is a contested domain: everyone with a rudimentary understanding of the current threat environment agrees that it is. The capabilities of our adversaries, who have already realigned their military organizations to compete with us in space, continue to grow and evolve. Both China ...

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