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Maj. Gen. John Shaw: Space Force Needs to Focus on ’22nd Century Warfare’

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John Shaw
John Shaw

Maj. Gen. John Shaw, head of Space Force Space Operations Command, said the Space Force plans to form an independent identity that is focused on “22nd century warfare” and builds on lessons learned not just from the Air Force but also from other services such as the Army and the Navy, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

“Congress has asked for additional legislation with regard to Space Force ideas as part of the whole work that we’re going to be doing this year. And I suspect that that will be a topic that will come up,” said Shaw, who also serves as head of Space Command’s Combined Space Force Component Command.

“We have the opportunity to create a new service, from scratch, that can be a warfighting service — and I’ve been telling the team, ‘Don’t even think about a warfighting service for the next decade or even this century; create a warfighting service for the 22nd century,” he added.

Shaw noted that Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett should submit by February a congressional report that lays out plans for the new Space Force.