The Space Force is creating a new office to assist the United States intelligence group

The United States Space Force formally became the United States intelligence community’s 18th participant on January 8. The Space Force’s addition to the intelligence community was officially established in a special ceremony at a secret facility located in Bethesda, Maryland. “We welcome the intelligence community to the Space Force today,” National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe stated in a press release.

Space Operations Chief General John Raymond stated that the U.S. was sticking up for the service to help the defense service, the Space Force Intelligence, Surveillance as well as Reconnaissance Enterprise. The new office will supply strategic intelligence to protect space systems against anti-satellite missiles, such as those produced by Russia and China. Since the DrugĀ Enforcement Administration, which is part of the Department of Justice, was introduced in 2006, the Space Force has become the first major agency to join the intelligence community.

At the National Space Council’s December 9 meeting, Ratcliffe revealed that Space Force will be replacing parts of the United States intelligence community that are now part of the Navy, Army, Marine Corps as well as Air Force. There are two separate organizations in the intelligence community: the Central Intelligence Agency and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the four-armed forces’ intelligence components are eight parts of the Department of Defense. The remaining seven are the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy. 

In a statement to SpaceNews earlier, Major general Leah Lauderback, who serves as the director in charge of the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for Space Force, stated that the military enjoys the chance to take advantage of the Intelligence community in the United States. “We see it as a crucial next step in setting up the newest service in the world,” she stated. “We would be able to more effectively lobby for intelligence financing as part of the intelligence community to promote space as an increasing mission area,” Lauderback explained. “We are looking forward to further integration into the intelligence community as well as to collaborating to enhance the community with current users.” The U.S. Space Command depended mainly on the National Air and Space Intelligence Center as well as the National Space Defense Center for Space Intelligence.