Trump formally creates a military group that is out of this world: U.S. Space Command

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President Trump has formally created a new military organization: The United States Space Command.

“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,” the president wrote in an executive memorandum to the Secretary of Defense.

Trump also asked the Secretary of Defense to recommend officers for him to nominate as Commander and Deputy Commander of the new U.S. Space Command.

The two nominees would need to bhe confirmed by the Senate.

The United States Space Command will take over “the space‑related responsibilities previously assigned to the United States Strategic Command; and the responsibilities of Joint Force Provider and Joint Force Trainer for Space Operations Forces.”

Full details of the new command will be forthcoming in the next update to the Unified Command Plan, which outlines which U.S. military commands are responsible for what and where.

 

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