U.S. Army General James H. Dickinson is the Commander, U.S. Space Command, the 11th and newest unified combatant command. He assumed command on Aug. 20, 2020, after serving as the first Deputy Commander of U.S. Space Command.
General Dickinson is a native of Estes Park, Colorado and commissioned from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Colorado State University in 1985. 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 an additional Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
General Dickinson is the Senior Air and Missile Defense Officer in the Department of Defense and has commanded at every level in the United States Army from Platoon to Combatant Command.
As Commander, U.S. Space Command, General 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. He exercises 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.