Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe designated Space Force as the 18th member of the intelligence community Friday, Fox News reports. The move would mean giving Space Force access to intelligence information in an effort to “break down barriers.”
“This accession reaffirms our commitment to securing outer space as a safe and free woman for America’s interests,” Ratcliffe said Friday, according to Fox. “American power in space is stronger and more unified than ever before. Today we welcome Space Force to the Intelligence Community and look forward to the power and ingenuity of a space security team unrivaled by any nation.”
“Through sharing space-related information and intelligence, the IC and DoD increase integration and coordination of our intelligence activities to achieve best effect and value in executing our missions,” Ratcliffe said. “This move not only underscores the importance of space as a priority intelligence and military operational domain for national security, but ensures interoperability, future capability development and operations, and true global awareness for strategic warning.”
Space Force was added as a branch of the U.S. Military in December 2019 by President Donald Trump. USSF’s mission is “developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.”
The branch now joins other members of the intelligence community, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, intelligence elements of the four armed services, Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury, according to SpaceNews.com.