Space Force Systems Command to be Headquartered in Los Angeles

April 8, 2021 by Reece Nations

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The United States Space Force announced Thursday it will establish a Space Systems Command headquarters at Los Angeles Air Force Base to oversee and coordinate all military space programs.

The Space Systems Command of the USSF will supervise technological developments related to space operations and the management of launch services and satellites. The new field command structure of the military’s youngest branch will be an opportunity for officials to reduce bureaucratic layers of the force’s operations.  

The systems command will be one of three field commands under the branch’s control following the creation of the force’s Space Operations Command last year, TWN previously reported. The third command, one that will oversee space readiness and training, is expected to open later this year. 

The force’s newly minted systems command will take over for the Space and Missile Systems Center currently headquartered at Los Angeles Air Force Base, according to SpaceNews. In addition, the new command will assume the duties of the Space Force’s launch wings in Florida and California that are not currently under the missile systems center’s jurisdiction. 

As the force’s organizational structure takes shape, it will ultimately come under the leadership of Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations. As an official branch of the U.S. military, the field commands await a presidential nomination for each of their respective leaders followed by Senate confirmation to the posts. 

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, told SpaceNews that he expects the systems command to be operational by this summer, although the exact timeline depends on when President Joe Biden’s nominees are confirmed by a Senate vote. 

“This is a critical investment in California’s vital aerospace and defense industries, and it represents a slew of new good-paying jobs as we continue to rebuild our economy better than before,” California Gov. Gavin Newsome said in a written statement. “My administration (sic) made it a priority to push for more federal investment in the defense aerospace industry, and this new Space Systems Command – which will have nationwide authority over launches and procurement – is a big win for the innovation economy that has made California the nation’s engine of transformative growth, technology and ideas.” 

In The News

Health

Voting

Military

Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
Geopolitics
Former National Security Advisor McMaster ‘Not a Military Drone’
April 9, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Lt. General H.R. McMaster wants you to know he's not a military drone. Despite a long, high-profile career in the military, he has criticisms of American foreign policy, and he expressed those criticisms even when he was in the military. In a conversation Wednesday night for... Read More

Space Force Systems Command to be Headquartered in Los Angeles
Military
Space Force Systems Command to be Headquartered in Los Angeles
April 8, 2021
by Reece Nations

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The United States Space Force announced Thursday it will establish a Space Systems Command headquarters at Los Angeles Air Force Base to oversee and coordinate all military space programs. The Space Systems Command of the USSF will supervise technological developments related to... Read More

Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies
Military
Reversing Trump, Pentagon Releases New Transgender Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition. The new department regulations allow transgender people who meet... Read More

The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
Geopolitics
The US Funds First-Ever West African Counterterrorism Joint Ops
April 1, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week the first-ever west African joint ops brought together counterterrorism investigators and their judicial counterparts across Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The training took place across all three countries with cross-country coordination "where appropriate," according to a written statement from the U.S. Department of State.... Read More

Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Push to Honor Vietnam Veterans
Veterans
Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers Push to Honor Vietnam Veterans
March 31, 2021
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are leading a bipartisan effort to award so-called “Dust Off” crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal.  Dust Off crewmembers - helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew chiefs, and medics - performed aeromedical... Read More

House Rules Committee to Take Up War Powers Act Reform
Congress
House Rules Committee to Take Up War Powers Act Reform
March 16, 2021
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The House Rules Committee is set to explore the limitations of the War Powers Act and how the House rules process can reform it to work more effectively. The hearing, Article I: Reforming the War Powers Resolution for the 21st Century, was jointly announced by... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top