At a White House Rose Garden ceremony Aug. 29, President Donald Trump activated U.S. Space Command as the military’s newest unified combatant command. The move was hailed as a necessary response to adversaries challenging U.S. dominance in space.
Air Force Gen. John Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command, said the job of the military’s 11th warfighting command will be to “protect and defend the space domain.”
Because much of what the military does in space is classified, many of the details of how the command will operate will be kept secret.
Based on what we have learned so far, here are five important things to know about the new command.
U.S. SPACECOM will treat outer space as a theater of war
The United States first stood up Space Command in 1985 but merged it with U.S. Strategic Command in 2002 in a post-9/11 realignment of military resources.
While the Aug. 29 ceremony at the White House was technically a re-activation of the command, officials point that this U.S. SPACECOM is different from its predecessor.
“The major difference is the environment,” Raymond said Sept. 27 at a Mitchell Institute talk on Capitol Hill.
In the 17 years since the original U.S. ...