Vandenberg Airforce Base will expand its space mission capabilities on July 18 when the Joint Space Operations Center transitions to a Combines Space Operations Center (CSpOC).
AFB officials say the base will now have foreign partners involved in their space operations to improve space assurance, resilience, and mutual security, broaden military relationships by leveraging capabilities, maximize effectiveness across all mission areas, and expand international partnerships in support of combined objectives.
“Space is a warfighting domain, just like air, land, and sea,” said Airforce General John W. Raymond, Commander of JFSC and Air Force Space Command.
“Strong alliances are vital, and the U.S. National Space Policy is clear on the importance of partnering with nations that share U.S. objectives to promote the preservation and long-term sustainability of the space environment,” said Raymond. “The CSpOC positions the U.S. and allied space forces to deter a conflict from extending into space, and should deterrence fail, to fight and win.”
AFB says the new combined space center will direct the following operations:
Missile Warning; Positioning, Navigation and Timing; Navigation Warfare; Optimization/Restoration of Military Satellite Communications; Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Awareness and Resolution; Theater Battlespace Awareness using Overhead Persistent Infrared; Environmental Monitoring; Theater Support Fires; Space Intelligence; Defensive Space Situational Awareness; and Space Defense.
“The CSpOC will be essential to protecting, advancing and elevating our combined space capabilities, which fuel our country’s way of life, our economy, and our nation’s security,” Raymond said.