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Pentagon to Name 'Space' General

Tuesday, 08 May 2001 12:00 AM

The Pentagon said yesterday that Rumsfeld would hold a news conference today to announce "major changes to improve the leadership, management and organization of the nation's defense and intelligence space program."

The announcement provided no details, but officials familiar with the plan said one change would be to assign broader responsibilities to the Air Force Space Command, based at Colorado Springs, Colo., and to put a four-star general in charge of providing resources to execute space programs and operations.

The officials, who spoke on condition they not be identified, said Rumsfeld did not intend to announce who would fill the new post.

In the existing military structure, the four-star Air Force general who is commander in chief of U.S. Space Command - currently Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart - also holds the positions of commander in chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Air Force Space Command.

Under Rumsfeld's plan, the Air Force Space Command job would be split off and made a separate four-star position. The Space Command apparently also would be given broader responsibilities, possibly including additional authority in the areas of acquisition, research and development.

One aspect of this is likely to include the role of satellites in the missile defense system that President Bush has committed the nation to building.

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