The Defence Secretary has announced that Joint Forces Command will be transformed into Strategic Command.
The news comes as part of Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt outlining the future of the MoD’s space programme.
“We’re seeing state and non-state actors alike operating in that ‘sombre’ zone below the threshold of war… unconstrained by previously accepted norms… using all tools in their armoury… and weaponising information… to catch us off guard to destabilise our societies and our support systems. If we’re to respond, we must have strategic integration across the five warfighting domains – land, air, sea, space and cyber.
That’s why today I can announce that we’re transforming JFC into Strategic Command. Much more than just a name change… this will be a bespoke organisation… supporting Head Office… helping Defence think strategically… assisting our transformation programme… and taking responsibility for a range of strategic and defence-wide capabilities. Combined with its oversight of our global footprint, it will continue enabling our operations and providing critical advice on force development.”
The organisation design to coordinate activity across the Armed Forces will be given a greater strategic role across the five war-fighting domains, say the MoD: Air, Land, Sea, Cyber and Space.
The new body will oversee the Armed Forces’ digital information network to ensure the services operate at the forefront of the information environment and continue to lead the UK’s Permanent Joint Operating Bases in managing operations and providing critical advice on force development.
The Defence Secretary also recently stressed the importance of cooperation with international allies in space, announcing the UK has become the first formal partner in the US-led Operation Olympic Defender: a multinational coalition formed to strengthen deterrence against hostile actors in space and reduce the spread of debris in orbit.
The UK will add 8 personnel to the coalition over the next 18 months, joining counterparts from the US and other international partners at the Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) in California.