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President Trump launches US Space Command

President Trump launches US Space Command

Congressman Doug Lamborn indicates Command’s initial home will be Colorado.

President Donald Trump officially launched the re-establishment of the U.S. Space Command, after a 17-year hiatus, as his administration focuses on concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites.

“Just as we have recognized land, air, sea and cyber as vital warfighting domains, we will now treat space as an independent region overseen by a new unified geographic combatant command,” Trump said during a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.

The Senate confirmed Air Force four-star Gen. John “Jay” Raymond to lead U.S. Space Command this past June. He has been leading the Air Force Space Command.

The new Space Command is expected to draw on other parts of the armed forces.

“Unfortunately, our adversaries have had a front row seat into our many successes and have seen the advantages that they provide us,” Raymond said during his Senate confirmation hearing. “And, to be honest, they don’t like what they see., and they’re rapidly developing capabilities to negate our use of space and to negate the advantage that space provides.”

The US Space Command was first established i 1985. It shuttered in 2002, after government restructuring in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. The command is being viewed as precursor to the formation of the US Space Force, which will be the sixth branch of the military that Trump has promised to help create.

“The Space Force will organize, train and equip warriors to support Spacecom’s mission,” Mr. Trump said during a Rose Garden ceremony authorizing the command, which he said would assert American dominance in space “because we know the best way to prevent conflict is to prepare for victory.”

…The creation of a Space Force, which hinges on congressional approval, would further centralize and elevate the responsibility to recruit, train and equip military personnel to protect American satellites from Russia and China, which are developing antisatellite weapons. A United States intelligence threat assessment warned last year that both nations would be able to shoot down American satellites in two to three years.

Air Force Gen. John Raymond has been appointed as incoming US Space Command commander. Raymond previously led the Air Force Space Command, the similarly named division that opened in 1982 and which dealt solely with Air Force operations in space.

“There is a growing threat. The scope, scale and complexity is concerning,” Raymond said, adding that “there’s reversible jamming of GPS communication satellites. There’s directed energy threats. There’s missiles that can be shot from the ground and blow up a satellite, like was demonstrated by China in 2007. So there’s a full spectrum. We’re concerned about all of those threats.”

A Colorado congressman indicates that the initial headquarters for the new Space Command will be in his home state.

Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn said Wednesday the command will officially start operations at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs next month. Lamborn says he hopes the Pentagon will chose Peterson for the command’s permanent headquarters.

..Lamborn said Colorado Springs is a logical site for the new command because it’s already home to several military space operations. They include the 50th Space Wing, which operates more than 185 military satellites.

Some suggestions for US Space Command missions are already making their way onto social media.

One of the Democratic candidates thinks its a good idea.

I sure hope they start on that starship soon! My son is now a senior in high school.


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Why reward a nutso state like CO with this honor?

Texas should be rightfully pissed.

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to healthguyfsu. | August 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    At a guess, easily defendable from foreign enemies would likely be part of it. Centrally located and mountainous, it would be pretty tough for just about anything but an ICBM to hit the site easily before our defenses have much of a chance to respond. That’s for physical attacks anyways, cyber attacks are another matter, I would hope that the base being a military one would also be well guarded against those.

    The Livewire in reply to healthguyfsu. | August 30, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    So they’re basing it out of the old SGC?

I’m waiting for Putin to troll Trump with “Enemy wessel approaching captain!”

Interesting. Trump could have waited for the creation of the Space Force to work its way through Congress. Or he could have left it under the Air Force. But instead he took the more aggressive “get something done now” approach.


    healthguyfsu in reply to irv. | August 30, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Congress is irrational. They would block it just to keep Trump from attaching his name to anything.

Oh my word Leslie, quite the looker in the day (and no doubt still are today :)!!!

It needs to be in Houston

    buckeyeminuteman in reply to gonzotx. | August 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Air Force has the most space assets of the branches. Their headquarters are in Colorado at Peterson AFB. Better to keep it where it is and let Houston control civilian space assets.

    DouglasJBender in reply to gonzotx. | August 31, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Indiana has plenty of space. It should be in Indiana.

buckeyeminuteman | August 30, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Unified Combatant Command is a good idea for space. The military branches have major commands for space (Air Force Space Command). The 5 branches can still organize, train and equip their forces for space ops. Operational control will go to Space Command though. Really negates the need for a 6th branch. I like this idea.

DouglasJBender | August 31, 2019 at 2:44 am

Leslie, that picture of your son reminds me of a young James T. Kirk. By the way, if I haven’t already mentioned this to you before, you (and perhaps your son) might enjoy visiting the “Build the Enterprise” website ( or ). A serious and interesting and informative site.