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Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, May 17, 2021 (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman First Class Thomas Sjoberg)

The U.S. Space Force is turning two years old this month. Congress created the service in 2019 to operate within the Air Force. The staff of Space Force is tasked with establishing a fully functioning headquarters, transferring forces into the service and developing military space capabilities.

  • Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno, Space Force director of staff, said the service is in the middle of hiring about 688 people at the Pentagon, facing the challenge of staying lean, agile and mission-focused with a relatively small staff.
  • Armagno’s role is to synchronize the staff through hiring, writing policies, developing procedures and using business tools, she said.
  • The Space Force is preparing to protect and defend the space domain as threats accelerate, said Armagno.
  • She said the force is working with entities defining space norms of behavior, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the State Department.
  • Armagno said the service is working with the Department of the Air Force, responsible for space acquisition, and the Space Development Agency, which aims to bring more nimble processes to the Space Force.
  • The Space Force has a new Space Systems Command to streamline processes and is requesting more authorities from Congress and others to improve the decision-making process.

 

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