From: "joel carpenter" <imagery@covad.net>
To: "Francis Ridge" <slk@evansville.net>
Subject: DOD ANNOUNCES MERGER OF U.S. SPACE AND STRATEGIC COMMANDS
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 20:18:43 -0400

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 331-02
(703)697-5131(media)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2002
(703)428-0711(public/industry)

DOD ANNOUNCES MERGER OF U.S. SPACE AND STRATEGIC COMMANDS

As part of the ongoing initiative to transform the U.S. military
into a 21st century fighting force, Secretary of Defense Donald
H. Rumsfeld today announced the intention to merge two unified
commands whose missions include control of America's nuclear
forces, military space operations, computer network operations,
strategic warning and global planning.  The intended merger of
U.S. Space Command (SpaceCom) and U.S. Strategic Command
(StratCom) will improve combat effectiveness and speed up
information collection and assessment needed for strategic
decision-making.

"The missions of SpaceCom and StratCom have evolved to the point
where merging the two into a single entity will eliminate
redundancies in the command structure and streamline the
decisionmaking process," said Rumsfeld.

U.S. Strategic Command, located at Offutt Air Force Base in
Neb., is the command and control center for U.S. nuclear forces.
 U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., commands
military space operations, information operations, computer
network operations and space campaign planning.  Both commands
are charged with countering the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction.

"StratCom and SpaceCom have successfully provided the
capabilities to meet the nation's defense needs for many years,"
said Rumsfeld.  "The merged command will be responsible for both
early warning of and defense against missile attack as well as
long-range conventional attacks."

The intended merger is scheduled to take place in October 2002,
and the preferred location for the command headquarters is
Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

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