Space Command to relaunch this month, officials say

Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the sixth meeting of the National Space Council, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Military leaders made the case Tuesday at the National Space Council meeting.

U.S. Space Command will formally begin operations on August 29 and will be led by Air Force Gen. John Raymond, USA Today reported Tuesday. It will become the Defense Department's 11th unified combatant command, alongside the U.S. Strategic Command, the U.S. Special Operations Command and other commands that serve specific functions or geographic regions.

The U.S. Space Command will be the military's unified combatant command in charge of the country's defense operations in space.

"The direction is clear, we understand it and we're moving out", Dunford said.

President Donald Trump has also been touting the idea of a "Space Force", a potential sixth branch of the USA military, for over a year.

While officials praised the launch of Space Command, they also further pushed the larger idea of a new armed service, Space Force, during the meeting.

He stressed the U.S. resolve to counter accelerating military activity in space by China and Russian Federation, such as the development of weapons to destroy satellites.

The Senate confirmed Gen. Jay Raymond to lead the Space Command in June.

Breaking Defense reported that Space Command will have the authority to direct the National Reconnaissance Office to implement "defensive space operations" should conflict arise in space.

The Trump administration is calling for a new branch of the USA military - a Space Force.

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

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