Star Wars: The Air Force Is Getting a Space General


The recent NROL-76 launch that put a spy satellite into orbit. Image: NASA
“We must organize and train forces to be able to prevail in any future conflict which could extend into space.”

By Rollin Bishop | MOTHERBOARD

On Friday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson officially created a new three-star general position in the Air Force for a Deputy Chief of Staff for Space Operations. The creation of this position was hinted at back in April and justified as a measure to better prepare the United States for space-based warfare.

Although the position was officially created on Friday, the Air Force has yet to name the officer that will take command of the Air Force’s burgeoning space war sector. According to a press release, the Deputy Chief of Staff will oversee the new Space Operations directorate, which the Air Force anticipates will be operational by August.

„The United States is dependent on space and our adversaries know it,“ Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, said in the release. „We must organize and train forces to be able to prevail in any future conflict which could extend into space.“

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