It appears a new commander of STRATCOM will soon be confirmed by the United States Senate.
Air Force General John Hyten warned the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing China and Russia are devising strategies to take out U.S. military satellites to deny American superiority in space.
Sen. Deb Fischer, a member of the committee, says Hyten was impressive.
“I was really pleased with his responses to our nuclear deterrents and the need to modernize and strengthen the triad that we have,” Fischer tells reporters during a conference call.
The triad refers to the three-prong United States nuclear force of bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and armed nuclear submarines.
Hyten has been nominated by President Obama to take over Strategic Air Command, commonly known as STRATCOM, from Admiral Cecil Haney, who plans to leave at the end of the year. Hyten’s nomination was passed by voice vote and reported out of the committee, which forwarded his name to the full Senate for consideration.
STRATCOM is located at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha. It oversees the strategic forces of the United States, which includes its nuclear capabilities.
Hyten has expertise on the country’s space capabilities. He currently heads the Air Force Space Command.
“We have amazing force structure in space,” Gen. Hyten testified during his hearing earlier this week. “Both the Chinese and the Russians in particular have been watching those capabilities being deployed on the battlefield for the last 20 years, and in response to that they’re building counter-space capabilities to deny us those capabilities in conflict.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]