Pentagon official: “There are new threats that the industrial base needs to support. So what does this mean in terms of production capacity?”
In its budget proposal for the coming year, the U.S. Air Force is trying to send the same message to foreign adversaries and critics at home: the service definitely is not underestimating threats the United States and its allies face in space.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Kenneth Rapuano: “The president is very interested in ensuring that the department is best organized and equipped to achieve our vital missions in space."
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry: "We will not relax our effort on space reforms. This topic is just too important.”
Air Force acquisitions chief William Roper said software acquisition "continues to lead to overruns.”
Griffin: In the DoD space business there is a culture of “perfect mission assurance” that leads to overly complex and expensive systems.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis: “The biggest challenge we face is the acquisition system."
DARPA Director Walker: “We have been saying this for 10 years: We want to see a shift to LEO, get capabilities in larger constellations.”
Rogers and Cooper seem more frustrated with the Air Force than they were even a few months ago when they inserted language in the 2018 NDAA to create a separate space corps within the Air Force.
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Goldfein, the Air Force’s chief of staff, told a large audience of active-duty airmen that they have to start thinking about outer space the same way they think about airspace.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is leading a sweeping review of how the military acquires technologies.
Air Force leaders are warning the younger generations of airmen to not assume they will have access to GPS or satellite communications.
Air Force leaders say changes in procurement spending are necessary for the military to ensure air and space supremacy.
The Air Force creating a budget line for small launch is a “very good thing for the industry,” said Steve Nixon, vice president of strategic development at Stratolaunch.