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Maj. Gen. Michael Guetlein Nominated as Inaugural Head of Space Systems Command

President Joe Biden has nominated Maj. Gen. Michael Guetlein to serve as the first commander of Space Systems Command, which is set to officially stand up this summer and be in charge of acquiring space systems intended to boost joint force lethality.

Guetlein, who has served as deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office since July 2019, is also in line to receive a promotion to the rank of lieutenant general, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

The nomination comes more than three months after the U.S. Space Force unveiled the Space Systems Command’s organizational structure.

USSF said in April it would redesignate the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AF Base as SSC headquarters and task the new command with developing, fielding and maintaining space-based technology platforms to support objectives outlined in the National Defense Strategy.

If you’re interested in the military’s space programs, check out the Potomac Officers Club’s Space Intelligence Forum coming up on Aug. 10. Visit the POC Events page to sign up for this forum.

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