The U.S. Strategic Command and the National Reconnaissance Office replaced the name of the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center April 1 to reflect the organizationâs new mission against threats to space assets.
The renamedÂ National Space Defense CenterÂ will continue to operate at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado and advance its mission to detect and protect U.S. space systems from threats, Stratcom said Wednesday.
âThe new name reflects that preserving the space domain and defending against threats to space systems is a national priority,â said Gen.Â John Hyten, StratcomÂ commander and an inductee intoÂ Executive Mosaic‘sÂ Wash100 for 2017.
Stratcom has started to expand a multinational space cooperation initiative to facilitate sharing of space-related data with allied countries and will co-locate the effortâs operations with the Joint Functional Component Command for Space at Vandenberg AFB in California.
Stratcom has begun efforts to formalize an agreement with Germany to designate a German liaison officer at JFCC as part of the multinational collaboration effort that seeks to promote spaceflight safety and data sharing operations.
The command also signed similar pacts with Norway and Belgium to increaseÂ multinational space cooperation.