Chief of Space Operations
The chief of space operations (CSO) is a statutory office (10 U.S.C. § 9082) held by a general in the United States Space Force, and is the principal military adviser to the secretary of the Air Force for Space Force operations; and is in a separate capacity a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and thereby a military adviser to the National Security Council, the secretary of defense, and the president. The chief of space operations is typically the highest-ranking officer on active duty in the Space Force unless the chairman or the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are Space Force officers.
|Chief of Space Operations|
|United States Space Force|
|Member of||Joint Chiefs of Staff|
|Reports to||Secretary of the Air Force|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||4 years, renewable|
|Constituting instrument||10 U.S.C. § 9082|
|Precursor||Commander, Air Force Space Command|
|Formation||20 December 2019|
|First holder||John W. Raymond|
|Deputy||Vice Chief of Space Operations|
The chief of space operations is an administrative position based in the Pentagon, and while they do not have operational command authority over Space Force forces, the chief of space operations does exercise supervision of Space Force units and organizations as the designee of the secretary of the Air Force.
The post of Chief of Space Operations was created, along with the United States Space Force, on 20 December 2019. General John W. Raymond, the commander of US Space Command and Air Force Space Command, was announced as the first chief of space operations on that same day. On 14 January 2020, Raymond was sworn in as the first chief of space operations by Vice President Mike Pence.
Department of the Air ForceEdit
Under the authority, direction and control of the secretary of the Air Force, the chief of space operations presides over the Space Staff, acts as the secretary's executive agent in carrying out approved plans, and exercises supervision over organizations and members of the Space Force as determined by the secretary. The chief of space operations may also perform other duties as assigned by either the president, the secretary of defense or the secretary of the Air Force.
Member of the Joint Chiefs of StaffEdit
The chief of space operations became a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 20 December 2020. When performing duties as a member of the Joint Chiefs, the chief of space operations is responsible directly to the secretary of defense. Like the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CSO is an administrative position, with no operational command authority over Space Force forces.
The Space Staff is the headquarters for the Space Force. It is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping of the Space Force cooperating with the Air Staff on support issues. It is headed by the Chief of Space Operations and the Vice Chief of space Operations are both generals, and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force. There is also a director of staff who oversees the staff action group, protocol, information technology and administration, resources, and total force integration groups. The chief of space operations also have three deputy chiefs of space operations.
Chiefs of space operationsEdit
|No.||Portrait||Name||Term||Secretaries served under:||Ref.|
|Took office||Left office||Duration||Air Force||Defense|
John W. Raymond
|20 December 2019||Incumbent||1 year, 276 days||Barbara Barrett|
John P. Roth (acting)
Frank Kendall III
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