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Gen. John Hyten: DOD Must Accelerate Joint Efforts, Public Awareness on Space-Based Threats

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Gen. John Hyten
Gen. John Hyten Vice Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and two-time Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DOD) must “go fast” in determining joint requirements to counter emerging threats, DOD News Reported Friday.

Hyten told attendees at the National Security Space Association’s online "Space Time" event that the DOD is responsible for educating the public on current threats and providing recommendations on how to address them in a “rapid, responsive way.” He noted that the department must work to deny adversaries like China and Russia from accessing space resources while maintaining U.S. freedom to navigate the space domain.

The U.S. Space Force, along with the U.S. Space Command, is gaining bipartisan support and is envisioned to continue driving efforts with the incoming Biden administration, according to Hyten. He added that adaptability and agility are crucial to the nation's space system programs which include initiatives in position, navigation and timing, missile warning, GPS and reconnaissance.

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