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Gen. Jay Raymond: Space Force Establishing Digital Service, Strategic Roadmap

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Gen. Jay Raymond
Gen. Jay Raymond Space Ops Chief Space Force

Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, wrote in a commentary published Monday on Defense News that the service branch is establishing a digital service that leverages the latest technology platforms to provide economic stability and security to the U.S. and its allies.

He said the military branch is also working on a strategic roadmap called Space Force Planning Guidance.

The Space Force Planning Guidance “will involve things like streamlining the over 60 offices responsible for elements of space policy, oversight and force structure to creating a new ‘Technology and Innovation Office’ to sustain our competitive advantage,” Raymond wrote.

He cited the need for the service to act with a sense of urgency to implement the National Defense Strategy and stay ahead of peer competitors like Russia and China.

Raymond said future conflicts will be “wars of cognition” in which forces will strive to have a comprehensive view of the battlefield and gain access to real-time intelligence.

“Advantage will go to the side that augments human command and control with automation and artificial intelligence to enable commanders to decide and forces to act at machine speeds,” he added.

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