Army may transfer missile warning capabilities to Space Ops Command: Official

September 21, 2022

Breaking Defense:

The Space Force is in “early” discussions with the Army to potentially take over the Army’s Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) missile warning system and assimilate it into a Space Force Delta, according to a senior Space Force official.

“We’re on the very beginning stages of that,” Maj. Gen. Doug Schiess, vice commander of Space Operations Command (SpOC) told the annual Air Force Association conference in Maryland.

JTAGS, built by prime contractor Northrop Grumman, receives, processes and disseminates direct down-linked infrared data from the Defense Support Program and the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) infrared missile warning satellites. It is used to cue active theater missile defense systems, as well as “attack operations assets to detect and destroy enemy launch capability,” according to Northrop Grumman’s website.

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