USAF Space Command General Backs Reusable Rockets

Gen. John Raymond

The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said he is “completely committed” to eventually using previously flown rockets to launch military payloads.

It would be “absolutely foolish” not to begin using pre-flown rockets, which bring such significant savings that they’ll soon be commonplace for the entire industry, General John W. “Jay” Raymond said in an interview Monday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York.

“The market’s going to go that way. We’d be dumb not to,” he said. “What we have to do is make sure we do it smartly.”

The Air Force won’t be able to use the recycled boosters until they’re certified for military use, a process that Raymond suggested may already be in the works.

“The folks out at Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles that work for me would be in those dialogues,” he said, declining to specify when certification could take place. “I don’t know how far down the road we’ve gotten, but I am completely committed to launching on a reused rocket, a previously flown rocket, and making sure that we have the processes in place to be able to make sure that we can do that safely.”

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Defense Officials Describe Priorities for Operating in Contested Space Domain

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying AFSPC-6 mission lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37. (Credit: ULA)

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2017 — Space enables everything the joint force does and the national security space architecture must protect and defend that capability in a contested environment, officials from the Air Force, the intelligence community and the Defense Department told a House panel in recent testimony.

Air Force Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command and Air Force Lt. Gen. David Buck, commander of the Joint Functional Component-Space for the U.S. Strategic Command testified last week before the House Armed Services Committee on priorities and posture of the national security space enterprise for fiscal year 2018.

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Raymond Takes Over U.S. Air Force Space Command

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the guidon of Air Force Space Command, to Gen. John Raymond at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton) Mrs. Laura Hyten, wife of Gen. John Hyten, receives flowers as a thank you from the Airmen of Air Force Space Command during the AFSPC change of command ceremony Oct. 25, 2016, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The Hytens are moving to Offut Air Force Base, Neb., where the general will become the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton) 2 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Mrs. Laura Hyten, wife of Gen. John Hyten, receives flowers as a thank you from the Airmen of Air Force Space Command during the AFSPC change of command ceremony Oct. 25, 2016, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The Hytens are moving to Offut Air Force Base, Neb., where the general will become the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton) Gen. John Raymond takes questions from the media during his first press conference as commander of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 3 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond takes questions from the media during his first press conference as commander of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Gen. John Raymond prepares to address the media after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 4 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond prepares to address the media after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Tech. Sgt. William Marx, 21st Operations Support Squadron, salutes as the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony begins, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. John Raymond, previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force, took charge of AFSPC during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 5 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Tech. Sgt. William Marx, 21st Operations Support Squadron, salutes as the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony begins, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. John Raymond, previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force, took charge of AFSPC during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Gen. John Raymond speaks with Airmen shortly after taking charge of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) 6 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond speaks with Airmen shortly after taking charge of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the Air Force Space Command guidon to Gen. John Raymond Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 7 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the Air Force Space Command guidon to Gen. John Raymond Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Left, Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, and Gen. John Raymond salute during the National Anthem, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond took command of AFSPC minutes later. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 8 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Left, Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, and Gen. John Raymond salute during the National Anthem, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond took command of AFSPC minutes later. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks during the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Minutes later, Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 9 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks during the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Minutes later, Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Gen. John Raymond addresses audience members moments after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 10 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond addresses audience members moments after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, claps with (left) Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein minutes after Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) 11 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, claps with (left) Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein minutes after Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) From right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, takes in the moment as Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein looks on minutes before Goldfein passes command of AFSPC to Gen. John Raymond, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) 12 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS From right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, takes in the moment as Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein looks on minutes before Goldfein passes command of AFSPC to Gen. John Raymond, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the guidon of Air Force Space Command, to Gen. John Raymond at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (USAF PR) – Gen. John W. Raymond replaced Gen. John E. Hyten as commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command during a ceremony here today.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presided over the change of command ceremony.

Hyten is headed to Offutt AFB, Neb. to lead U.S. Strategic Command.

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Obama Nominates Hyten to Lead U.S. Strategic Command

Gen. John E. Hyten
Gen. John E. Hyten

President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten as the new commander of U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom).

Hyten had headed Air Force Space Command since 2014. President Obama has nominated Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, who serves as the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for operations, to replace Hyten at that position in overseeing space operations.

“I want to congratulate Gen. John Hyten on his nomination by President Obama to be commander of U.S. Strategic Command,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a press release.

“I’ve known and worked closely with Gen. Hyten for several years, and over the course of his three-and-a-half decades in the Air Force, he has been a model for generations of men and women in uniform,” Carter said. “And he’s done so in a wide range of roles: from commanding airmen at the squadron, group, wing, and major command levels, to leveraging America’s space assets in support of troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, to helping our military confront 21st-century threats in new domains like space and cyberspace.”

Hyten will replace Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney as Stratcom’s commander. The nomination requires Senate confirmation.

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Hyten Releases Commander’s Strategic Intent Document

Gen. John E. Hyten
Gen. John E. Hyten

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (USAF PR) — General John Hyten, commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), revealed his updated Commander’s Strategic Intent May 6.  The strategic intent document serves as the overarching document guiding the command.

Click this link to access the full document: AFSPC Commander’s 2016 Strategic Intent.pdf

“The global expanse of our Nation’s international engagements increasingly demands that our Air Force provide Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power today and in the anticipated environment 20 years from now,” General Hyten said.   “More than ever, AFSPC is called upon to deliver agile, integrated, and resilient effects in, from, and through space and cyberspace that are critical to fulfilling these strategic demands.”

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Shelton Calls for Innovation, Cost Savings Amid Tight Budgets

Gen. William Shelton
Gen. William Shelton

by John Parker
72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., April 21, 2014 — Innovation and cost-saving ideas will help ensure the Air Force keeps its warfighting readiness despite significant, ongoing budget cuts, the commander of Air Force Space Command recently told a Tinker audience.

General William L. Shelton spoke April 15 in Bldg. 4029 to about 90 members of the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group.

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Video: Gen. Shelton of Air Force Space Command at FAA Conference

Gen. William L. Shelton, Commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, talks during the 15th FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference. There’s a nifty video at the beginning showing fictional space exploration along side vehicles now in development.

The full transcript is reproduced after the break.

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