GRAND FORKS, ND – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member, and General James Dickinson, Commander of the U.S. Space Command, visited the University of North Dakota (UND) and the Cavalier Air Space Station today to view North Dakota’s space assets and hear about how UND can contribute to our nation’s space efforts.
“North Dakota is as well positioned as anybody to play a role in protecting America’s military advantage in space,” said Senator Cramer. “General Dickinson’s visit - along with General Raymond’s visit earlier this year - illustrates the interest in the highest levels of our military about the unique capabilities we possess. I appreciate the General coming to learn firsthand about what our state has to offer in the realm of space, and I look forward to working with him to make the possibilities we discussed a reality.”
U.S. Space Command is a unified combatant command of the Department of Defense, responsible for military operations in space. It was first created in 1985 before being inactivated in 2002. In August of 2019, it was reestablished under President Trump with a renewed focus on space as a war-fighting domain.
General Dickinson was the first Deputy Commander of the newly-formed combatant command before becoming its Commander. He replaced General Jay Raymond, who was confirmed to oversee the U.S. Space Force, America’s newest military branch. General Raymond’s first official visit as the head of Space Force was to Grand Forks and Cavalier with Senator Cramer.
At UND, Senator Cramer hosted a discussion on University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC), a strategic Defense Department research center associated with a university. As he did with General Raymond, Senator Cramer urged General Dickinson to recognize UND’s unique capabilities as the command forms its UARC partnership.
Senator Cramer and General Dickinson also participated in a Meet and Greet with UND’s ROTC students before departing for a visit to the Cavalier Air Space Station, where they toured the installation and met with its service members.