Hyten: U.S. Space Force is ‘on solid ground’ despite speculation

Gen. John Hyten said space is “is critical to everything we do” and the Space Force plays an important role protecting U.S. assets

WASHINGTON — What does a change in administration mean for the U.S. Space Force? “I get that question a lot,” Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Jan. 22.

President Biden is not expected to make abrupt changes to U.S. national security programs but there is particular uncertainty surrounding the Space Force because it was so actively championed by the Trump administration. 

Speaking on Friday at a National Security Space Association online event, Hyten said he had not yet spoken with President Biden or Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the Space Force. 

“I don’t know exactly what is going to happen to it,” said Hyten, a former commander of U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command, who strongly advocated for the establishment of the Space Force. As vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Hyten provides military advice to the secretary of defense and the president. 

Pentagon policies and priorities change with new civilian leadership. But Hyten noted that the Space Force was created for national security reasons that transcend administrations. 

“I think that the Space Force is on solid ground,” said Hyten… Via – Space News

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