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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force to Handle Army, Navy SATCOM Operations

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Gen. John Raymond
Gen. John Raymond Chief of Space Operations USSF

Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force will be responsible for U.S. Army and U.S. Navy satellite communications, in an effort to consolidate SATCOM missions, DOD News reported Wednesday.

Raymond said at the Air Force Association meeting that USSF would receive this authority on Oct. 1st, if the Department of Defense's budget is finalized and approved. The action aims to boost the military's operational capability and readiness in a way that is more efficient, he said.

The Navy will transfer 76 manpower authorizations and 13 satellites to USSF, as the Army transfers operations valued at $78 million. The Army's assets to be transferred include 500 manpower authorizations, four regional SATCOM centers and five wideband SATCOM centers.

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