Space Operations Command

U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Commander of Space Operations Command, participates in a panel discussion at the 2023 Air and Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colorado, March 7, 2023. (U.S. Space Force photo by Dave Grim)

Biden nominates Space Force’s Whiting to helm Space Command 

The nomination is one of three new military space appointments from the White House.
Crews of the National Space Defense Center at provide threat-focused space domain awareness across the nation security space enterprise. The NSDC was originally established in 2015 as the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center and was renamed in 2017 to more accurately reflect its mission. (U.S. Space Force photo by Kathryn Damon)

A look at Space Operations Command’s ‘needs list’ for AI, machine learning

In a list obtained by DefenseScoop, SpOC outlines the top 10 areas where AI and ML technology could be implemented to improve operations.
Members of the 56th Air and Space Communications Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam operate cyber systems using a Enhanced communications flyaway kit during the Global Information Dominance Experiment 3 and Architect Demonstration Evaluation 5 at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Michigan, July, 12, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy Picard)

Space Force to shift all cyber guardians to defending mission systems and performing ‘core’ tasks

Personnel that are protecting “base-level” networks will soon move onto conducting more critical operational cybersecurity missions, the head of Space Operations Command (SpOC) said Wednesday.
Two members of the 216th Space Control Squadron (SPCS) set up antennas as part of a ‘Honey Badger System’ during BLACK SKIES 22 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20, 2022. The 216 SPCS specializes in electromagnetic warfare and is participating in the Space Training and Readiness Command’s (STARCOM) BLACK SKIES 22, along with numerous other units spanning from California to Colorado. The first of its kind, BLACK SKIES 22 is a live simulation exercise designed to rehearse the command and control of multiple joint electronic warfare fires. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Future Space Force training should include more live elements, STARCOM commander says

Although much of the service’s efforts have been focused on simulations, the mission still demands that guardians be trained in live scenarios, said Maj. Gen. Shawn Bratton.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mendoza, 216th Space Control Squadron space systems operator, utilizes a ‘Honey Badger System’ during BLACK SKIES 22 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., Sept. 20, 2022. (U.S. Space Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Luke Kitterman)

Saltzman: Space Force needs additional ‘Skies’ exercises to sufficiently train guardians

The current exercise tempo "is still insufficient," Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman told DefenseScoop.
U.S. Space Force 1LTs Brandon Wilkinson, (left) and Nicholas Stawinski (right), Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) operators for the 4th Space Operations Squadron, observe their monitors at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, April 8, 2022. (U.S. Space Force Photo by Dennis Rogers)

Space Force trying to protect its ‘soft underbelly’

Cyberattacks could threaten on-orbit capabilities and the ground systems that support them.