ARLINGTON, Va .– The chief of space operations has announced the transfer of the Army and Navy satellite communications tickets, funding and responsibility for the mission to the US Space Force, according to a Department of defense.
Space Force General John W. “Jay” Raymond made the announcement at the Air Force Association meeting in Washington yesterday. The transfers are expected to take effect on October 1, 2021, if the DoD’s budget is adopted and signed.
“We are a team with our sister services, and over the past year and a half, we have been working with the military, navy and air force to determine what capabilities would be given to the space force,” Raymond said. “The intention was to consolidate [and] increase our operational capacity, increase our readiness and do it more efficiently. ”
The changes are “a first installment,” he said.
This is the last step in creating the new service. The idea behind the US Space Force was to “create a unity of effort around our space business,” said Space Force Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, the service’s deputy chief of space operations for operations, cyber and nuclear. The simple training of the service made possible the idea of seeking efficiency gains.
“We need to create this unity of effort around our space missions, to make sure that we are up to the challenges we face, because the space realm has quickly become much more crowded and much more contested than… when I did. was a lieutenant or a captain operating space capabilities, ”Saltzman said.
The performance of satellite communications will be improved by this type of unit of effort.
On the Navy side, the Navy’s constellation of narrowband satellites will transfer 76 manpower authorizations to the Space Force, along with 13 satellites – a mix of the new multi-user objective system and the constellation ultra-high frequency tracking satellites.
The US military will transfer approximately $ 78 million in operating, maintenance and manpower authorizations. This will include five SATCOM broadband operations centers and four SATCOM regional support centers. This will affect around 500 labor authorizations.
A total of 15 global units with 319 military cantonments and 259 civilians from the combined army and navy will be transferred to the Space Force.
These are crucial defense capabilities. The units cannot stop simply because the function is transferred to the Space Force. Capabilities are needed 24/7 and they will be, Saltzman said.
This move essentially places all narrowband, wideband, and protected DoD SATCOMs under the control of the US Space Force. “Now all of this – training, operations, acquisition and sustainment and follow-up activities, user allocations – all of this will be consolidated under Space Force to create this unit of effort and hopefully acquire the capability to ‘be more resilient, more dynamic and ultimately more effective with this set of missions, ”said Saltzman.
Army and Navy soldiers, sailors, and civilians do not have to move to Space Force. There is a process and the people involved have to volunteer to relocate. For civilians, the process is relatively straightforward – just transitioning from an Army or Navy system to becoming employees of the Air Force Department. For soldiers and sailors, this requires release by their respective services and acceptance by the Space Force.