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John Raymond: Space Command Looks to Define Operational Authorities, Expand Workforce

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John Raymond
John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, commander of the U.S. Space Command, said the new command plans to establish a “campaign plan for space” and focus on deploying intelligence capabilities, Space News reported Monday.

At a Center for Strategic and International Studies event, Raymond noted that the proposed campaign plan will revolve around identifying needed resources and defining the command’s legal authorities to execute operations. He added that he is collaborating with the Department of Defense to establish the command’s “space operational authorities” in compliance with the Space Policy Directive-4 issued earlier this year.

“We’ll get additional authorities,” he said. “We’ve put those together, and I’m very hopeful that those will be approved here in the very near term.”

Space Command has expanded its workforce to 400 and is slated to transfer to a new location from its current headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs following regulatory assessments. Raymond said he expects the command’s staff to reach 500 in early 2020.