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U.S. President Trump Nominates Space Command Commander

Unic Press UK: The United States president Donald Trump has nominated Gen John W. “Jay” Raymond as the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) commander, according to a news release by the U.S. Department of Defense.

USSPACECOM “will focus on conducting all joint space war-fighting operations, and ensuring the combat readiness of global forces,” says the Department of Defense. The U.S. sees the space domain as strategic to its national security, and believes that the space command will “address the rapidly evolving threats to U.S. space systems, and the importance of deterring potential adversaries from putting critical U.S. space systems at risk.”

It was in December 18, 2018 that President Trump created a sixth branch of the United States armed forces for protecting American interests in outer space, via a one-page memorandum – ‘Text of a Memorandum from the President to the Secretary of Defense Regarding the Establishment of the United States Space Command’ – which reads:

“Pursuant to my authority as the Commander in Chief and under section 161 of title 10, United States Code, and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I direct the establishment, consistent with United States law, of United States Space Command as a functional Unified Combatant Command.  I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend officers for my nomination and Senate confirmation as Commander and Deputy Commander of the new United States Space Command. I assign to United States Space Command: (1) all the general responsibilities of a Unified Combatant Command; (2) the space‑related responsibilities previously assigned to the Commander, United States Strategic Command; and (3) the responsibilities of Joint Force Provider and Joint Force Trainer for Space Operations Forces. The comprehensive list of authorities and responsibilities for United States Space Command will be included in the next update to the Unified Command Plan.”

The six branches of the United States armed forces are the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Space.


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