Virtual Program with General James Dickinson

February 17, 2021 12:00 pm ET

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US Space Command: Successes, Challenges and How the Commercial Space Industry Can Play Its Part in Advancing Its Critical Mission

Please join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12Noon eastern, for our keynote speaker, U.S. Army General James Dickinson, who assumed duties as Commander of the nation’s 11th unified combatant command, U.S. Space Command, on August 20th, 2020.

As part of its first change of command, U.S. Army Gen. James H. “Jim” Dickinson assumed command of USSPACECOM from U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, who was dual-hatted as the Space Force Chief of Space Operations and commander of USSPACECOM.

As his bio below shows, General Dickinson’s career has encompassed an extraordinary range of assignments.

WSBR is incredibly fortunate to have General Dickinson take time from his schedule to discuss his Command’s multi-dimensional mission and how industry can most effectively partner with his organization to advance our nation’s national security interests.

“Based on the Department of Defense alignment toward a space focus, we, as a nation, took bold steps toward protecting and defending our critical space capabilities by creating U.S. Space Command as a joint combatant command,” U.S. Army Gen. James H. “Jim” Dickinson said. “Space is a warfighting domain, not because we want it to be, but because our adversaries have seen the advantages that space has provided to our way of life and our way of war and they continue to seek ways to hold our space assets at risk.”

U.S. Army General James H. Dickinson assumed duties as the Commander, U.S. Space Command, on Aug. 20, 2020, after most recently serving as the first Deputy Commander of U.S. Space Command, the 11th and most recently established unified combatant command.

He is a native of Estes Park, Colorado, and a graduate of Colorado State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Colorado School of Mines. He later earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Gen. Dickinson’s command assignments include Commanding General of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense; Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; Commanding General of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command; Brigade Commander of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Eighth U.S. Army, Republic of Korea; and Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, which deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

His key staff assignments include Chief of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command; Director for Test at the Missile Defense Agency; Deputy to The Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Army; Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff; Chief, Commander’s Initiatives Group, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command; Senior Emergency Actions Officer and Senior Operations Officer, National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff; Operations Officer, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade; Operations Officer, 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade supporting Operation Southern Watch.

Gen. Dickinson is the senior Air Defense Artillery Officer in the U.S Army. His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Service Medals, three Defense Superior Service Medals, three Legion of Merits, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, Parachutist Badge, Master Space Badge and Joint and Army Staff Identification Badges.

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