Col. Michael Manor,
Joint Space Operations Center commander, (left) shows a piece of space
debris to Japan Air Self-Defense Force service members from the Defense
Plans and Policy Department during a tour at the JSpOC at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Dec. 8, 2017. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles.
departing head of the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.,
Friday stressed the importance of US moves to increase cooperation with other countries
in national security space activities.
Michael Manor, the commander of the 614th Air Operations Center and JSpOC director, discussed the issue in an interview with Air Force Magazine a week before moving
on to his next post, as director of the Commander’s Action Group for the Air
Force Space Command and the Joint Space Component Command. The conversion of the JSpOC into the Combined Space Operations Center, or CSpOC, with more
participation by US allies is among announced or
planned steps to increase cooperation with other countries on national security
space. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson also announced in April
that more space training would be available to allies.
US, Manor said, is trying to remove technological or security barriers to
cooperation with allies and working to increase that cooperation.
“Personally, what I would like to see is us to
continue down that road, continue to figure out what systems we need to put in
place so we can share information, bring better synergy with our capabilities,
and then if there are outdated either security procedures or other things, that
we move through those and we update those so they’re more realistic with the
current environment of where we’re trying to go to work with our allies.”
called the transition from JSpOC to CSpOC “incredibly significant.”
with allies on space, he said, is a “natural evolution” of historic US cooperation
in other domains, and the creation of the CSpOC “really is the mechanism where
our nations will come together to do that critical command and control of those
the rise of great-power competitors, he said, “it’s to our mutual benefit to
pull our allies closer and figure out better ways to work with our allies.”
he said, “is just that next iteration of what we’ve done in the other domains.”
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