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General Richard B. Myers takes over as commander in chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), commander in chief of the US Space Command, and commander of the Air Force Space Command. He replaces General Howell M. Estes III. (North American Aerospace Defense Command 6/3/1998; Air Force News 8/19/1998) Myers will serve in these positions until February 22, 2000, when he will be replaced by General Ralph E. Eberhart. (Air Force News 2/22/2000) On 9/11, Myers will serve as the acting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Myers 2009, pp. 10)

General Richard Myers, chief of Space Command, states: “The American military is built to dominate all phases and mediums of combat. We must acknowledge that our way of war requires superiority in all mediums of conflict, including space. Thus, we must plan for, and execute to win, space superiority.” (Moore 1/2001; Moore 2001; Moore 4/2001)

President George W. Bush appoints Gen. Richard Myers, an expert in hi-tech computer and space warfare, as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Observers say that Bush’s nomination of Myers, a former head of the US Space Command, reflects the Bush administration intent to develop a missile defense system and weaponize space. (Kellerhals 8/24/2001; PBS 8/24/2001; Christie 8/30/2001)


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