DOD merges its strategic, space commands

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the merger would 'eliminate redundancies in the command structure and streamline the decision-making process.'

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has merged the Space Command and the Strategic Command into a single unit.

Rumsfeld said the merger would 'eliminate redundancies in the command structure and streamline the decision-making process.'

The Strategic Command, located at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the command and control center for the country's nuclear forces. The Space Command, based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., is in charge of military space, information and computer network operations.

The merger is scheduled to take place in October, and the command headquarters will be at Offutt AFB. A name for the command has not been determined.

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