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A deputy chief of space operations is a senior leadership position in the United States Space Force. There are four deputy chiefs of space operations in the Space Force, staffed either by a lieutenant general or a senior executive service personnel. They are the service's equivalent to the Army's and Air Force's deputy chiefs of staff, the Marine Corps' deputy commandants, and the Navy's deputy chiefs of naval operations. They are part of the Office of the Chief of Space Operations and hold office at the Pentagon.

The proposed organizational structure of the Space Force's headquarters was first revealed in a February 2020 congressional report, with directors instead of deputy chiefs of space operations. Intending to be "lean and agile", the service consolidated the normal nine functional areas into three directorates.[1] In a June 2020 draft proposal, the position was renamed deputy chiefs of staff.[2] On July 29, 2020, the first two deputy chiefs of operations were nominated.[3] The Space Force adopted C-suite titles in designing their senior leadership positions.[4]

Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Human Capital

The deputy chief of space operations for human capital[a] (S1 or SF/CHCO)[5] is the chief human capital officer of the Space Force.[6] The CHCO directs the Space Force's personnel management, which encompasses force structure analysis, personnel programs, civilian personnel, readiness, senior officer matters, quality force issues, equal opportunity, and family support.[7]

No. Deputy Chief of Space Operations Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1
Patricia Mulcahy
Mulcahy, PatriciaPatricia Mulcahy
(born c. 1958)
August 20203 June 2022~1 year, 292 days
2
Katharine Kelley
Kelley, KatharineKatharine Kelley
(born c. 1977)
~13 July 2022Incumbent~49 days

Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear

The deputy chief of space operations for operations, cyber, and nuclear (S2/3/4/6/7/9/10 or SF/COO)[5] is the chief operations officer of the Space Force.[6] The COO has overall responsibility for the Space Force's operations, intelligence, sustainment, cyber, and nuclear operations.[8]

No. Deputy Chief of Space Operations Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1
B. Chance Saltzman
Saltzman, B. ChanceLieutenant General
B. Chance Saltzman
(born 1969)
14 August 2020Incumbent2 years, 17 days

Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Strategy, Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis

The deputy chief of space operations for strategy, plans, programs, requirements, and analysis (S5/8 or SF/CSRO)[5] is the chief strategy and resourcing officer of the Space Force.[6] The CSRO has overall responsibility for the Space Force's strategies, requirements, and budget.[9]

No. Deputy Chief of Space Operations Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1
William Liquori
Liquori, William J. Jr.Lieutenant General
William Liquori
(born c. 1969)
7 August 20202 August 20221 year, 360 days
2
Philip Garrant
Garrant, Philip A.Lieutenant General
Philip Garrant
(born c. 1969)
2 August 2022Incumbent29 days

Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Technology and Innovation

The deputy chief of space operations for technology and innovation (S9 or SF/CTIO)[4][5] is the chief technology and innovation officer of the Space Force.[6]

No. Deputy Chief of Space Operations Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
Kimberly Crider
Crider, Kimberly A.Major General
Kimberly Crider
(born c. 1964)
Acting
August 2020June 2021~304 days
John M. Olson
Crider, Kimberly A.Brigadier General
John M. Olson
(born c. 1970)
Acting
June 2021September 2021~92 days
1
Lisa A. Costa
Costa, Lisa A.Lisa A. Costa
(born c. 1964)
September 2021Incumbent~350 days

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Notes

  1. ^ Also referred to as the deputy chief of space operations for personnel.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Comprehensive Plan for the Organizational Structure of the U.S. Space Force" (PDF). Department of the Air Force. February 2020. p. 16. Retrieved 1 December 2021.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ "Space Force proposes headquarters staff led by generals and civilians". SpaceNews. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  3. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense.
  4. ^ a b "Fireside Chat - MG Boe Young & Lt Gen Nina Armagno" – via www.youtube.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_se/publication/hafmd1-46/hafmd1-46.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ a b c d "Leadership". www.spaceforce.mil.
  7. ^ "PATRICIA MULCAHY". www.af.mil.
  8. ^ "B. Chance Saltzman". www.spaceforce.mil.
  9. ^ "William J. Liquori". www.spaceforce.mil.