by Jennifer Green-Lanchoney
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
4/10/2013 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The
Director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations for Air Force Space
Command spoke at the Space Warfighters Luncheon April 9 during the 29th
National Space Symposium held at the Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs,
Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein addressed a packed room of both military and
civilian attendees on the impact of Gen. Shelton's designation as
Commander, Air Force Forces for space and cyber forces to United States
Strategic Command and its importance to the warfighter.
"This new design for the AFSPC commander as COMAFFOR is a truly
revolutionary and positive change for our Air Force," said Maj Gen
Weinstein. "The COMAFFOR operates and supports the Air Force Forces
assigned or attached to the Joint Force commander... a COMAFFOR is a
Maj Gen Weinstein stated that two tasks best explain the AFSPC commander's new role.
"Commander, Air Force Space Command presents integrated Air Force space
and cyberspace capabilities to deliver global effects to achieve
Commander, USSTRATCOM missions per the Unified Command Plan throughout
the full spectrum of war," the general said.
The second task is operational planning to develop strategies that
explain how the COMAFFOR can use Air Force cyber and space capabilities
to support combatant commander's objectives.
"This new responsibility is focused at the strategic level and is linked
to Combatant Commander strategic planning efforts," said Maj Gen
Weinstein. "Air Force Space Command helps provide a focus at the
strategic level of war to USSTRATCOM for Air Force space and cyberspace
As strategic capabilities, space and cyberspace are being focused to enhance the capabilities of combatant commanders.
"Air Force Space Command must help United States Strategic Command
identify why and with what we fight in the space and cyber domains," Maj
Gen Weinstein said. "Space and cyber are incredibly complex domains,
and they have fundamentally changed the way we fight and win wars."
Equipping and grooming space and cyber personnel with training on the
operational and tactical levels as well as strategic-level capabilities
is one way that AFSPC fits into the broader national security
"We are able to provide our expertise and knowledge gained ... and then
apply strategic-level thinking to assist our Combatant Command, ensuring
Air Force space and cyber capabilities fit appropriately into the
larger picture." said Maj Gen Weinstein.
The general stated that the warfighter is already benefitting from the change in the strategic-level focus of AFSPC.
"Air Force space and cyber capabilities can help shape perceptions, and
with the right level of integration between COMAFFOR and joint force
planning, we can synchronize to achieve maximum Joint Force Commander
effects and unity of effort," said Maj Gen Weinstein. "Ideally, AFSPC
will become a fully integrated warfighter supporting the Combatant
Commander's campaign and operational planning processes, as well as
real-world and exercise management of operational crises and
Future development of the role of the AFSPC COMAFFOR is expected to help
shape the battlefield across the full spectrum of warfare.
"The Air Force is postured to ensure all of its world-class capabilities
are deployed, sustained, and employed to achieve strategic objectives
and defend our nation and its allies," Maj Gen Weinstein said. "In the
end, the warfighting benefit of having a 4-star COMAFFOR that can
interface with and support Combatant Commanders is to hopefully save
lives and achieve national objectives."