Space Force to brief industry on its future architecture for space-based missile warning
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond said a new Space Force office called Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC) will brief industry representatives Oct. 27 on the results of its first “force design” study focused on space-based missile warning and missile tracking.
Raymond spoke Sept. 20 during a joint new conference with Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
According to an announcement posted on SAM.GOV the SWAC will host a “business fair for the purpose of providing industry partners insight and rationale to the force design processes and model-based systems engineering currently being employed in the context of missile warning/missile tracking mission areas.”
The business fair “is for the sole purpose of disseminating information to industry and is unrelated to any ongoing or planned acquisitions,” the announcement said. Companies can submit a request to participate.
The force design is the blueprint that could drive future Space Force investments. It lays out, for example, how the Space Force will deploy satellites and ground systems to deliver space-based services and ensure these capabilities can be provided even when under attack.
Raymond directed the establishment of the SWAC to conduct analysis, modeling, wargaming, and experimentation to map out operational concepts and force design guidance for the service.
The group was tasked to “determine what our architecture in space should look like,” Raymond said. “That work is really moving along well.”
The SWAC analysis will be reviewed by the Pentagon’s Joint Staff so it can inform requirements documents that are needed to get funding approved. Raymond said Kendall’s proposed reorganization of the Department of the Air Force’s procurement office will help advance the acquisition of these future systems.
“This will be the first time we’ll take that design and put it out there,” said Raymond. The intent is to get feedback from the industry.
Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno, director of the Space Force headquarters staff, said in July at a Mitchell Institute’s Space Power Forum that the analysis from the SWAC “will help us understand what’s affordable.”