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USSF Chief: Space Superiority is a Joint Fight

The space domain plays a critical role in Joint Force operations as cross-service information sharing takes priority within the Department of Defense. 

Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force and a 2022 Wash100 Award winner said we’re in the most complex strategic security environment he’s seen in three generations. Every instrument the U.S. has to ensure national power in today’s geopolitical environment, he said, is underpinned by our space capabilities.

“Our joint missions don’t close without space,” Raymond said during the 2022 McAleese Defense Programs Conference. “We cannot fight. We cannot communicate. We cannot target. We cannot strike precisely, and we cannot maneuver as effectively without information coming from space.”

Currently, the Space Force is working to build a space data transport layer that Raymond highlighted as fundamental to the Defense Department’s JADC2 approach. He describes the initiative as the ability to maneuver data from space down to the ground “where you need it, when you need it.”

The in-progress space data transport layer reflects the DoD’s larger priority of modernizing the way joint forces, their allies and their mission partners share information

The department’s JADC2 Strategy document, published alongside the classified Implementation Plan, formalizes and puts into motion its transformational JADC2 approach, which the DoD describes as “ a warfighting necessity to keep pace with the volume and complexity of data in modern warfare and to defeat adversaries decisively.”

To learn more about the importance of information sharing in the next generation of warfare, join the Potomac Officers Club on April 7 for “The Future of Mission Partner Information Sharing” forum. Register today to save your spot!

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