The establishment of the U.S. Space Force will have little to no impact on other military space operations such as the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command. Lieutenant General Daniel Karbler is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. He spoke with “Government Matters” host Francis Rose on the command’s overall mission and commitment to other commands to protect the U.S. and allies in space.
LTG Karbler describes the command as a “unique organization” within the Army that ensures the Army and combatant commands have space and missile defense forces by incorporating active duty, Army Reserve and National Guard components. The global command breaks down into three operational brigades that cover homeland missile defense, space capabilities and satellite operations and communications support. High Altitude Capability is one of many of the command’s capabilities. LTG Karbler outlined High Altitude Capabilities as capabilities used for surveillance and communication to ensure tactical response to ground maneuver warfighters. The Space and Missile Defense Command also touts a responsibility to complete the “organize, train and equip” missions for the U.S. Army.
LTG Karbler spells out in his commander’s intent that the command “wins,” which coincides with Army Chief of Staff General McConville’s mantra of “winning matters.”
“When we come to the space mission, what I like to tell my team is that ‘winning matters…winning first in space really matters.’ We see our adversaries out there contesting us in space. With the stand-up of Space Command and me as the Army service component supporting Space Command we know that our warfighting readiness is key to winning and staying ahead of our adversaries,” said Karbler.