The battle above: Integrating and assuring UK space capability into multi-domain operations

The next Commander UK Space Command, Maj Gen Paul Tedman CBE, draws on his recent assignment to US Space Command to describe the importance of space to the UK’s national security, the counter-space threat and therefore what must be done to integrate and assure space capability into multi-domain operations

Brigadier Tedman was commissioned into the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1997 and awarded his Army flying badge in 1999. He has exercised worldwide and deployed on operations in the Northern Island, Balkans, Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. He promoted to Brigadier and took up appointment as Deputy Commander Joint Helicopter Command in October 2019, overseeing Defence’s battlefield helicopter capability. And on 1 Apr 2020 he assumed command of 1st Aviation Brigade, which he built from first principles and delivered to IOC. In August 2021 Brigadier Tedman was selected to be the UK’s inaugural Deputy J5 in US Space Command, Colorado Springs. In this role he served as a pathfinder for allied integration into the US’ newest combatant command, and was central to the formulation of US National Security Space policy, strategy and plans.

Brigadier Tedman has a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a Master’s degree in war studies. He was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) in 2003 for service in Iraq, a second QCVS in 2013 for service in Afghanistan, he was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2020 and was awarded a US Legion of Merit in 2023.