The announcement means the command, which celebrates its second birthday since its 2019 rebirth next week, can effectively defend American interests in orbit while deterring rivals from attacking U.S. space assets.
Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson said the hope is to attract talent from geographic or cultural communities underrepresented in the military. Criteria for schools chosen for the partnership include a robust ROTC program and the quality of degrees in STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Rome Air Force Research Lab was designated as the quantum information science research center for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand's offices announced Tuesday in a joint statement.
Air Force Academy athlete Tanner Johnson refused to let go of his childhood dream of serving in the U.S. military, even after he was diagnosed at the start of his senior year with Type 1 diabetes, an automatically disqualifying condition.
America created the U.S. Space Command nearly two years ago and the U.S. Space Force a year-and-a half later, the command’s top general said Tuesday. “And we still get questions on how they are, in fact, different,” Army Gen. James Dickinson said. “Many still confuse the two even to the point of assuming they are the same. That’s understandable.”
Unused leave exceeding 60 days is normally lost at the end of each fiscal year, but coronavirus-related restrictions since last year have made it difficult for service members and others to take vacations.
The Army veteran will now serve as the top civilian in charge of the Air Force and Space Force and work alongside Air Force veteran and military adviser Gina Ortiz Jones, who was sworn in Monday as undersecretary of the Air Force.