Strategic Forces Command chief Gen. John Hyten (left); Space Command chief Gen. Jay Raymond (right)
WASHINGTON: Space Command head Gen.
John Raymond will start the new component command
designed to provide space capabilities to joint and
allied forces in the field on Oct. 1. Although the
Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) is a
joint command, its top two leaders are Air Force brass:
Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting has been named commander;
Brig. Gen. Matthew Davidson is his deputy.
CFSCC headquartered at Vandenberg AFB in California
“provides space capabilities such as space situational
awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite
communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation
detection, environmental monitoring, military ISR
[intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance],
navigation warfare, command and control, and PNT
[positioning, navigation and timing] in support of
USSPACECOM and the other Combatant Commands,” according
to a SPACECOM press release.
interestingly, the release notes that the CFSCC’s
mission includes executing “tactical control over
globally dispersed Air Force, Army, and Navy space units
that command satellites in every orbital regime.”
In addition, “CFSCC also executes command and
control of assigned multinational forces in support of
Operation Olympic Defender, as directed by USSPACECOM.”
Breaking D readers will remember that
Olympic Defender is the space warplan approved by
Gen. John Hyten, head of Strategic Command, last
December, and shared with allies. With SPACECOM now
designated as a geographic command with possible
combat-lead duties during wartime,
that plan is expected to be among many being rewritten.
As well as working with Combatant Commands, the
CFSCC further “supports, and receives support from,
Coalition operations centers including the Australian
Space Operations Center, Canadian Space Operations
Center, and United Kingdom Space Operations Center.”
Part of the component command’s job is to build capacity
for space operations via partnerships with allies,
commercial firms and civil agencies such as NASA.
The CFSCC will have four different operations
centers: the Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) at
Vandenberg; the Missile Warning Center at Cheyenne
Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado; the Joint
Overhead Persistent Infrared Center at Buckley AFB in
Colorado; and the Joint Navigation Warfare Center at
Kirtland AFB in New Mexico.
Whiting is dual-hatted as commander of Air Force
Space Command’s 14th Air Force, and formerly served as
deputy Joint Force Space Component commander at
Strategic Command. Among other recent posts, he served
as director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and
ISR Operations at Air Force Space Command
headquarters, Peterson AFB, Colorado.
is dual-hatted as vice commander 14th Air Force, at
Vandenberg. Among his previous jobs, he served as
commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing at
Hurlburt Field in Florida, and Chief of Staff for
Special Operations Central Command Forward HQ, at Al
Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
Raymond announced the creation of the CFSCC last month,
along with another subcommand called Joint Task Force
Space Defense (JTF-SD) that will be commanded by Army
Brig. Gen. Tom James.
The JTF-SD will be in
charge of “space superiority operations” in order to
“deter aggression, defend space capability, and when
directed, defeat adversaries throughout the continuum
of conflict,” according to SPACECOM’s Aug. 30
announcement. It also is the subcommand that will
oversee the National Space Defense Center (NSDC) at
Schriever AFB, where Intelligence Community space
operations are integrated with those of the military.
The NSDC is at the heart of the new “unified
defense concept of operations” announced at last
month’s National Space Council meeting by Acting
Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph
Dunford. As Breaking D readers know, that plan would
for the first time
put the National Reconnaissance Office’s fleet of spy
satellites under the direction of the military