Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado - 9 September 2019
1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
"In my view, it's not an overstatement to say that we're at another Sputnik moment. And you could argue that the stakes are much higher than they were in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The re-establishment of Space Command should be understood as part of a broader effort to maintain our nation's competitive advantage in space."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
"Space is a contested domain. The implications of that fact affects our ability to fight and win on future battlefields. In that context, we didn't re-establish Space Command simply to compete in space. We formed this command as a foundational element of more effective joint war fighting."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
"I learned early in my career the value of seizing the high ground in a fight. Space command will seize and hold the high ground."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, Commander, U.S. Space Command
"We find ourselves at a strategic inflection point where there's nothing that we do as a joint force that isn't enabled by space, and yet simultaneously we can no longer have the luxury of assuming space superiority."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gen. John Raymond, Commander, U.S. Space Command
"Let me be very clear, although space is clearly a warfighting domain, we do not want to fight a fight that extends into space. We seek to deter that conflict. And the best way I know how to do that is to do that from a position of strength."
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford described the re-establishment of the new U.S. Space Command as a "Sputnik moment" in a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dunford compared President Donald Trump's re-start of the U.S. Space Command to President John Kennedy's call to action after the Soviet Union started the space race with Sputnik, the first space satellite, and 1961's first manned launch into space.
He said that call to action resulted in a U.S. advantage in space that lasted for decades but is now threatened by China, and to a lesser extent, Iran and North Korea.
"I learned early in my career the value of seizing the high ground in a fight. Space command will seize and hold the high ground," he said.
President Donald Trump re-launched Space Command in December with the goal of improving the organization space operations across the U.S. military and to speed up technical developments.
Monday's event was attended by Dunford and Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, commander of the U.S. Space Command.
The initial headquarters is Peterson Air Force Base, which is also home to other units with space operations, including missile warnings.
"Let me be very clear, although space is clearly a war fighting domain, we do not want to fight a fight that extends into space. We seek to deter that conflict. And the best way I know how to do that is to do that from a position of strength," Raymond told the audience.
The Pentagon had a U.S. Space Command from 1985 to 2002, but it was disbanded in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to focus on homeland defense.
"We are the best in the world at space," Raymond said.
"And last Thursday with the establishment of U.S. Space Command we're even better. Because now we have a command with a singular focus on space superiority," he said.