Defense, intelligence communities partner for space defense
The National Space Defense Center (NSDC) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, is now operating 24 hours a day with a staff of 230. The NSDC began as a concept in late 2015 with the establishment of the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC).
The NSDC focuses on threats to military and spy satellites. These satellites provide communications, navigation, and missile warning for troops around the globe, as well as intercept communications and photograph enemy military and civilian sites. “Space used to be a benign environment and that’s what’s changed,” said Colonel Todd Brost, director of the NSDC.
The NSDC joins U.S. Air Force and intelligence community personnel. “That partnership with the intelligence community is crucial,” said Brost. “[The NSCD] is not an Air Force unit. It’s not really even a Department of Defense unit,” he explained. Brost went on to remark on the level of cooperation among the defense and intelligence personnel, saying “They all share the same vision and goals,” and that conflict between the agencies has not been a problem.
For more information about the National Space Defense Center, please follow the links below.
Super secretive space defense center near Colorado Springs begins 24-hour operations, The Gazette
JICSPOC Morphs To ‘National Space Defense Center;’ What It Means, Breaking Defense