U.S. Space Command to start August 29, officials say

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U.S. Space Command to start Aug. 29, officials say

"The U.S. Space Command will be charged with defending our critical space assets from the increasing threats posed by potential adversaries", Donovan said.

The new United States Space Command will officially be up and running by the end of the month, Vice President Mike Pence said today (Aug. 20) at a meeting of the National Space Council.

Joe Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, said that US interests in space are "increasingly threatened as China and Russian Federation develop and build destructive weapons placing USA and allied space systems at risk".

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Speaking at the National Space Council meeting in Virginia, military leaders warned of a growing military threat in space from Russian Federation and China. "A new organization is required to retain American dominance in space and it will reside in the department of the Air Force".

The Senate confirmed Gen. Jay Raymond to lead the Space Command in June. He made it official in February with the signing of Space Policy Directive-4, which ordered the Pentagon to establish a Space Force to go along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

The Pentagon will stand up a new combatant command before the end of the month, with the official launch of U.S. Space Command set for August 29. Satellites provide communications, navigation, intelligence and other services vital to the military and the national economy.

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Space Force, which would be a separate, sixth branch of the military, requires approval from Congress.

The new command's capabilities will include missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support, Dunford said.

"As the President has said and we all recognize - it's been frankly true for decades - in his words, space is a warfighting domain", Pence said.

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