COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The US certified the first foreign Chief of Current Operations in its Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), a milestone that a top Air Force general said represents the growth of international cooperation on military space issues.
Lt. Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of STRATCOM’s Joint Functional Component Command for Space, said the Canadian officer is now clear to run a shift at the JSpOC, putting him in charge of a team made up of US, UK, Australian and Canadian operators.
Shifts change every eight hours at the JSpOC, which tracks and identifies any man-made object in orbit.
“This is huge. This is going to help us in a whole host of ways,” Raymond said Tuesday at the National Space Symposium.
After the speech, Raymond told Defense News he hopes to certify more international officers to become Chief of Current Operations, expanding the program to the other nations involved in the center. But he noted there is no one currently undergoing that process.
“I think it’s a significant step,” he said. “I don’t want to overstate it, but I think it’s a significant step.”
The certification of the Canadian officer is part of a concerted effort by Raymond to emphasize increasing international partnerships. He noted that coalition operations are the rule, not the exception, in every domain except space.
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