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Defense Primer: The United States Space Force

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Congressional Research Service

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On December 20, 2019, the United States Space Force USSF became the sixth branch of the Armed Forces. The Space Force was established within the Department of the Air Force DAF with the enactment of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act NDAA. The Secretary of the Air Force is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the Space Force and the United States Air Force USAF, two separate and distinct military uniformed services see Figure 1. The first and present Chief of Space Operations CSO is General John W. Jay Raymond, who serves as the principal uniformed advisor for all space activities to the Secretary of the Air Force.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Astronautics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]