John Raymond

Distinguished Senior Adviser (Non-Resident), Aerospace Security Project
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John "Jay" Raymond

General John Raymond is a distinguished senior adviser (non-resident) to the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. General Raymond was the first chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force. As chief, he served as the senior uniformed Space Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of all organic and assigned space forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the chief of space operations and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the secretary of defense, the National Security Council, and the president. General Raymond was commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984. He commanded at squadron, group, wing, numbered air force, Major Command, and Combatant Command levels. Notable staff assignments included serving in the Office of Force Transformation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; as the director of plans, programs and analyses at Air Force Space Command; as the director of plans and policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command; and as the deputy chief of staff for operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. General Raymond deployed to Southwest Asia as director of Space Forces in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to leading the establishment of the U.S. Space Force and serving as the first chief of space operations, General Raymond led the re-establishment of U.S. Space Command as the 11th U.S. combatant command.