Executive Mosaic is honored to announce Gen. John Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command within the U.S. Air Force, as an inductee into the 2020 edition of the Wash100 Award for leading the nationâ€™s Space Command, strengthening readiness for warfighters and pushing for a U.S. Space Force unit.
This marks Raymondâ€™s first Wash100 Award. He was confirmed by the Senate in June to assume leadership of Space Command three months after his nomination. At his confirmation hearing, Raymond said he would prioritize the transition of the command and control assets that support the countryâ€™s joint force on a daily basis.
â€œSimultaneously we need to ensure we take steps to strengthen readiness and lethality as we complete our shift from a permissive environment to a posture for warfighting,â€ he added.
In September, Raymond ordered the establishment of two subordinate commands â€“ Joint Task Force Space Defense and Combined Force Space Component Command â€“ to oversee global space operations.
â€œItâ€™s important to understand that, like all nations, we have the inherent right of self-defense, so purposeful interference with space assets vital to our national security will be met by leveraging our multi-domain capabilities across air, land, sea, cyber and space, and all of our instruments of national power,â€ Raymond said.
In a speech at a Mitchell Institute event, Raymond supported the creation of a Space Force and called on Congress to pass the National Defense Authorization Act to facilitate the sixth military branchâ€™s establishment.
â€œOur nation needs a Space Force,â€ he said at the event. â€œSpace fuels our American way of war. Space fuels the American way of life. â€¦ We need to articulate what space capabilities do for our nation and weâ€™re doing that every chance we can.â€
In November, he announced plans to come up with a â€œcampaign plan for spaceâ€ and focus on deploying intelligence capabilities. He said the plan will focus on identifying needed resources and defining the commandâ€™s legal authorities to carry out operations and that he is working with the Pentagon to establish the commandâ€™s â€œspace operational authoritiesâ€ in compliance with the Space Policy Directive-4.
â€œWeâ€™ll get additional authorities,â€ Raymond said. â€œWeâ€™ve put those together, and Iâ€™m very hopeful that those will be approved here in the very near term.â€
Raymond offered updates on the proposed campaign plan in December. â€œWe are finalizing our campaign plan for space and we expect that campaign plan will be done in by February,â€ he noted. He added that his command signed agreements with various countries regarding the sharing of space data for situational awareness.
On Dec. 20, the president signed the fiscal 2020 NDAA authorizing the creation of the Space Force. Weeks prior to that, Raymond told SpaceNews that the establishment of the new service branch would help the country better protect its satellites.
â€œAnd just as U.S. Space Command has a singular focus on the war fighting aspect of space, having a Space Force with a singular focus on the space domain will be hugely, hugely helpful to us,â€ said Raymond, who also serves as chief of space operations within the Space Force. â€œThis is really an exciting time to be in the space business. Thereâ€™s a lot happening and itâ€™s really an important time for the security of our nation.â€
Executive Mosaic congratulates the U.S. Air Force and Gen. John Raymond on his 2020 Wash100 Award selection. His drive to lead the U.S. Space Command, ensure its future with the Space Force and strengthen warfighter readiness has led Gen. Raymond to be one of the top members of the government contracting community.
About The Wash100
This year represents our sixth annual Wash100 Award selection. The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaicâ€™s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential leaders in the GovCon sector. These leaders demonstrate skills in leadership, innovation, achievement, and vision.
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