A new command will be established by the Space Force to manage technology growth and acquisition
On April 8, United States Space Force released new information about its decision to create a Space Systems Command situated in Los Angeles to manage the implementation of next-generation technology, as well as satellite launch services and acquisition. The Space Systems Command (SSC), will take up the duties of the Space and Missile Systems Center, as well as the Space Force launch sections in California and Florida, which are not now part of SMC. SSC would be in charge of a population of around 10,000 employees in total.
The Space and Missile Systems Center is going to be renamed SSC headquarters by the Space Force. SMC is headquartered at the Los Angeles Air Force Base situated in El Segundo, California, and has a $9 billion operating budget. It employs around 6,300 military, civilian, as well as contractor employees. About 4,000 personnel from Patrick Space Force Base in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California will be redeployed to SSC. The Space Force’s Space Operations Command currently oversees all space launch wings.
The new command, according to officials, is more than just a restructuring of the Space and Missile Systems Center. SSC will be in charge of coordinating space activities around the United States military. According to Lt. Gen. John Thompson, who serves as the Space and Missile Systems Center commander, the proposal to establish SSC is the culmination of a “deliberate year-long process to prepare the Space Systems Command and especially the operational design.”
SSC is among the three Space Force field commands reported by the service in June. The Space Operations Command, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was created in October. Later this year, a Space Training and Readiness Command is expected to launch. All the three field commands are commanded by 3-star generals who report to the chief of space operations, Gen. John Raymond. The Air Force secretary, the Space Force’s civilian commander, is in charge of the commands.
The Space Force is optimistic that SSC will be operational this summer. However, the precise timeframe is dependent on when President Biden nominates, and the Senate confirms a three-star commander. Raymond also made the acquisitions arm of the Space Force a top priority, urging the military to ramp up the purchase of cutting-edge hardware in order to remain ahead of rivals such as Russia and China. He’s also claimed that the Space Force needs to be more flexible to take advantage of private-sector innovation.
“The organizational framework of Space Systems Command was purpose-built to predict and react to the challenges posed by a disputed space domain,” Raymond informed reporters on April 8. A field command for procurement, according to Raymond, would offer a “balance of commitment” in the growth and acquisition of space technologies for warfighters and “get people moving in the right direction.”