Department of Defense Reports on Establishing a Unified Combatant U.S. Space Command
According to the latest report published by the Department of Defense, it is imperative to highlight the importance of creating a new strategy for engagement in space. To that end, DoD follows the Presidential proposal to establish the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Space Force. The report outlines a unified combatant U.S. Space Command patterned on U.S. Special Operations Command and its global outreach. The current pool of potential recruits includes roughly 18,000 service members who already possess a space qualifier badge, as well as a number of civilian personnel with relevant expertise.
Presented in the report are the following key strategic functions of the proposed command:
- Persistent global surveillance for advanced missile targeting,
- Indications, warning, targeting and tracking for defense against advanced missile threats,
- Global and near-real time space situational awareness,
- Development of deterrent capability,
- Highly-scaled, low-latency, persistent, artificial intelligence-enabled global surveillance.
All of the above will serve toward the main two national security objectives:  protecting U.S. vital interests in space; and  deploying next generation capabilities to support the warfighter. Given the growing threat to U.S. space capabilities, “new space capabilities will unlock innovative operations concepts” and “increase U.S. flexibility and complicate adversary planning.”
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