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Armed Forces

Armed Forces

During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

General John E. Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command

John E. Hyten was born in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended Harvard University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applies sciences. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He later received an MBA from Auburn University, and graduated from Air Force and military-related schools as well.

Hyten’s career includes assignments in a variety of space acquisition and operations positions. He served in senior engineering positions in both Air Force and Army anti-satellite weapon system programs.

His staff assignments include tours with the Air Force Secretariat, the Air Staff, the Joint Staff and the Commander’s Action Group at Headquarters Air Force Space Command as Director. He was deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Prior to assuming command of Air Force Space Command, he served as the Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command.

IN THE NEWS

The Defense Department has become increasingly concerned about technologies from China and Russia that would destroy or limit the use of U.S. military and spy satellites in recent years. In response, the Pentagon has shifted about $6 billion over six years for space protection efforts.

General John Hyten, the head of Air Force Space Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that space control programs and a battle management command and control system should be among the Defense Department’s top priorities. The Pentagon rarely discusses its own defensive space capabilities or the operational details, which are classified. However, the Air Force’s 2017 budget request included funding for several space control programs for the next five years.

Among those programs are $144 million for the Counter Communications System, which is used to deny adversaries the use of military communications satellites in conflict and $158 million for the Space Security and Defense Program, which is thought to include some work on offensive space capabilities. Hyten told the senators the Air Force is not developing systems with the intention of limiting specific Chinese or Russian capabilities. “We’re not going down that path,” he said. In addition, a battle management command and control system has been planned for the Air Force’s space operations nerve center at the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and a combined Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.