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“Stronger together”: VAFB dedicates Combined Space Operations Center

It’s more than just a name change for day to day operations at the Combined Space Operations Center.
Now members of the U.S. allied forces will begin working here on Vandenberg Air Force Base in an effort to enhance our space capabilities.

“Our main purpose is to deter any type of aggression that may extend into the space domain and we feel we are very stronger together and that means a lot more strength in that deterrence capability,” explained Gen. John W. Raymond of the Air Force Space Command.

Things they do out of this Combined Space Operations Center, or CSpOC, run the gamut from monitoring more than 20 thousand pieces of space debris in order to ensure they don’t collide with satellites as well as tracking a ballistic missile launch from places like Russia or China.

“There’s no hostility at this point but we all have capability that we’re concerned with and their’s are of primary concern because of their advancements in space,” said Col. Scott Brodeur, Director of the Combined Space Operations Center.

Some high ranking government officials from the Air Force and abroad were in attendance at Wednesday’s dedication ceremony.

Col. Brodeur says this partnership was planned way before the president had announced his hopes for creating a Space Force.

The CSpOC will allow information and technology to be shared more seamlessly between the U.S. snd its allies.

“In this center we provide command and control of all space capabilities that we rely on as the department of defense and now with our coalition partners to support again our national level leadership and our joint world fighting partners,” said Gen. Raymond.

At least four people from Canada are expected to begin working at the base in August.

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