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Star Wars: Air Force Beefs Up Focus on Space Operations

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 03:49 PM

The Air Force has unveiled a "space warfighting construct" and is seeking a three-star general to head up a new Pentagon position focused on space operations.

The service made the announcement at this week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., reports Defense News.

"Just like we have a deputy chief of staff for operations and a deputy chief of staff for intel, we're going to have a deputy chief of staff for space," Air Force Space Command head Gen. John Raymond said. "He or she will work at the Pentagon, it will be a three-star general, and they'll come to work every day focused on this, making sure that we can organize, train, and equip our forces to meet the challenges in this domain."

The Air Force, according to Defense News, would like the deputy chief of staff for space to serve as a "space advocate," a liaison between pilots and people in other parts of the service.

The Air Force Space Command is headquartered at Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base.

Defense One reported that Rep. Mike Rogers, an Alabama Republican who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, spoke at the Space Symposium and said the fight for who controls space is getting more and more crowded.

"Simply put, space must be a priority and it can't be one if you jump out of bed in the morning thinking about fighters and bombers first," Rogers said.

"We have to acknowledge the national security space organizational structure is broken, and we are at a time when space is contested like never before."

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