As global powers prepare for the increased role of outer space in future conflicts, the US Air Force has announced the creation of a new team whose sole purpose is to protect American space assets – primarily against Russian and Chinese “aggression.”
Currently, US satellite navigation is claimed to be dangerously understaffed. Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, stated to reporters in December 2015 that, “two 19-year-old airmen are the two guys flying GPS this morning for the entire world. That’s wrong.”
To help make US space infrastructure more robust, the Air Force is preparing to organize a new team at the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado. Consisting of 352 people across four squadrons, the team will include orbit analysts, intelligence professionals, mission specialists, and engineers.
Two additional Space Mission Force crews will be established later this year, one at the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base and another at the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, both in the state of Colorado.
The Pentagon’s plan to boost space defense comes in light of what it views as near-term threats.
Full article: US Air Force Bolsters Space Defense to Counter Russian, Chinese ‘Threats’ (Spacewar)