Dickinson Speaks at Strategic Landpower Dialogue

Dickinson Speaks at Strategic Landpower Dialogue

Gen. James Dickinson
Photo by: U.S. Space Force/Tiana Williams

Gen. James Dickinson, commanding general of U.S. Space Command, will speak Nov. 8 as part of the Strategic Landpower Dialogue co-hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Strategic Landpower Dialogue is a public, on-the-record speaker series on security issues. It was launched Sept. 19 with a discussion featuring Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George.

The event with Dickinson will take place from 3–4:15 p.m. Eastern Nov. 8 at CSIS headquarters, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. It also will be livestreamed. To attend in-person or online, you must register here.

Dickinson, who has commanded Space Command since August 2020, will discuss challenges in the space domain, the provision of space-enabled combat effects to joint warfighters and his vision for the relation of space and land power in the joint force.

As commander of Space Command, Dickinson is responsible for defending U.S. and allied interests in the space domain while providing space-enabled combat effects to joint warfighters around the world, according to the command. He has combatant command authority over 18,000 soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and Guardians operating ground and space-based systems around the world that provide satellite communication, space domain awareness, offensive and defensive space control effects and position, navigation and timing services.

Before taking command of DoD’s 11th and newest unified combatant command, Dickinson was the first deputy commander of Space Command. Before that, the 1985 graduate of Colorado State University commanded the Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

The Army is the military’s largest user of space capabilities. Soldiers rely on space capabilities every day to enhance their ability to see, shoot, move and communicate. This includes intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, GPS, satellite communications and the more than 2,500 pieces of space-enabled equipment in every brigade combat team.

The threats in space are growing, Dickinson said earlier this year. “It’s [rising] in numbers and more complexities than ever before, and the joint force must have relevant and timely [assets] for space superiority,” he said, according to an Army news release.