Space Force flexes muscle as Pentagon’s smallest but vital branch

May 6, 2024

Space News

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Space Force, despite being the youngest and smallest branch of the military, is emerging as a critical enabler for the Pentagon’s warfighting capabilities, a senior official said May 2. 

What was once a complementary space architecture is today the central nervous system of joint operations, said Brig. Gen. Robert Hutt, director of plans and programs for the U.S. Space Force. 

“It used to be that space capabilities were interesting, important, more so maybe to the commercial side, and maybe the warfighting side,” Hutt said in a presentation at a Space Force Association event. “And now we’ve gotten to a point where the Space Force is a critical part of the kill chains for the Department of Defense.”

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