Space Marines: USMC establishes service space command

Harry Lye 16 November 2020 (Last Updated November 16th, 2020 15:53)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has activated a Marine Corps Forces Space Command, subordinate to the US’ latest combatant command, the US Space Command (USSPACECOM).

Space Marines: USMC establishes service space command
US Marines present colours during the change of command and re-designation of VMFA(AW)-242 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. Credit: US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon/Released.

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has activated a Marine Corps Forces Space Command, subordinate to the US’ latest combatant command, the US Space Command (USSPACECOM)

Currently based out of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Marine Corps Forces Space Command (MARFORSPACE) will focus on providing ‘space operational support’ to the Fleet Marine Force ‘while building a convergence capability to increase warfighter lethality.’

MARFORSPACE first commander is US Marine Corps Major General Matthew G. Glavy who also serves as commander of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command.

Glavy said: “We have an incredible opportunity to create a synergy across the information environment based on our unique position within the naval and joint force.

“Space and cyber are critical capabilities in the information environment that, when brought together, can provide a competitive advantage. Convergence requires flexible and interconnected teams focused on solving hard problems with speed. We cannot be successful in these technology-heavy domains without prioritising people, ideas and things … in that order.”

MARFORSPACE will draw from the Marine Corps existing Forces Strategic Command.

Glavy added: “I am humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to lead this new organisation.

“This is a pivotal time for our nation. The commandant has made the bold move Marines are known for to ensure our relevancy and readiness.”

The formation of MARFORSPACE follows a trend in the increasing importance of space to the US Armed Forces.

USSPACECOM was established in August 2019, following the 2019 National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) which directed the reformation of the combatant command. USSPACECOM is headed up by General John Raymond who also serves as US Chief of Space Operations.