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The U.S. Space Force is the 6th independent U.S. military service branch, tasked with missions and operations in the rapidly evolving space domain. As of June 2020, its headquarters has yet to be announced.

Space Force was signed into law Dec. 20, 2019 as part of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. SpaceForce.mil went live shortly thereafter.

On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to begin planning for a Space Force. The U.S. Space Force would be the first new military service in more than 70 years, following the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947.

Find the latest news and information on the U.S. Space Force including top stories, technology, policies, leadership, and more.

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Virgin Orbit Rocket Launches 7 US Defense Satellites

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Virgin Orbit rocket carrying seven U.S. Defense Department satellites was launched from a special Boeing 747 flying off the Southern California coast and streaked toward space Friday night. The modified jumbo jet took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in the Mojave Desert and released the rocket over the Pacific Ocean, northwest of Los

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They Graduated Space Force Boot Camp. What Comes Next for Them, and the Service, Is Less Clear.

This is the final story in a three-part series that follows recruits through the first-ever boot camp just for Space Force Guardians. Over three months, Military.com interviewed more than a dozen Guardians, drill sergeants, recruiters and officers, and visited the two-month basic training in Texas to show the new Guardians’ path from the recruitment office to graduation day. You can

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Inside Recruits’ Journey to Space Force’s First Boot Camp

This is the first story in a three-part series that follows recruits through the first-ever boot camp just for Space Force Guardians. Over three months, Military.com interviewed more than a dozen Guardians, drill sergeants, recruiters and officers, and visited the two-month basic training in Texas to show the new Guardians’ path from the recruitment office to graduation day. Maria Pryde

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Space Force Won’t Take as Many Transfers from Other Branches This Year

The Space Force has opened 2022 applications to allow soldiers, sailors and Marines to transfer into the newest military branch, but the number of spots available will be sharply reduced this year. In a message posted on Reddit last week, the authenticity of which was verified by a department spokesman, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond, the service’s top

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Navy Hands Over Satellite Operations Center to Space Force

The Navy transferred its satellite operations center in Southern California to the Space Force earlier this month, marking the latest effort to reorganize and grow the youngest military branch. The Naval Satellite Operations Center — NAVSOC — at Naval Base Ventura County in Mugu, California, was placed under the U.S. Space Force’s Space Delta 8 and designated as the new

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Space Force License Plates Coming to Colorado

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bipartisan bill into law last week funding commemorative license plates for the Space Force, honoring the newest military service branch’s heavy presence in the state. The introduction of the bill followed a Military.com story in February that California, Colorado and Florida didn’t offer commemorative plates for Guardians, despite housing Space Force bases in each

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Air Force Cut Corners, Couldn’t Say Who Decided on Space Command Move to Alabama, Watchdog Says

The Air Force’s decision last year to move U.S. Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Alabama was marred by a shoddy and unclear process that could give the impression of bias or lack of credibility, according to a new congressional report. The long-anticipated findings in the 89-page report, released by the Government Accountability Office on Thursday, showed the suggested move

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