Air Force Space Command
Space is becoming more congested, competitive and contested with thousands of small LEO satellites set to be put into orbit over the next decade. These assets offer the opportunity to provide un-dreamt of levels of connectivity – but have also c…
Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson noted the U.S. is on the verge of a boom in commercial space, although the health of the industry is “always a little bit of a concern."
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said U.S. Space Command should not be confused with Space Force.
Dunford: "The U.S. SOCOM model is particularly informative on the development and shaping of U.S. Space Command."
Air Force Space Commander: ‘Our constellations are like slow kids in gym class that can’t run very fast’
Gen. Jay Raymond: “There’s an explosion of things happening in the commercial industry. We want to capitalize on that."
Mattis: “We have worked with Congress and the White House to define the evolving space problem that we confront."
Randy Walden, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office: “It’s not the label on the door that actually makes you rapid. It’s the culture.”
Army weighs commercial options for battlefield comms • Space Command D.C. boss introduced • DoD eyes space-based missile defense
Leading a new effort to improve connectivity for Army units is Maj. Gen. David Bassett, program executive officer for command, control, and communications-tactical, or PEO C3T.
The new Pentagon-based vice commander of Air Force Space Command, Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson, made his first public appearance May 15, 2018, at a Washington Space Business Roundtable luncheon.
Thompson: “We needed somebody to work space every single day. Before, I didn’t recognize how much that was needed."
The FY-19 NDAA language calls for a new organization, likely to be named U.S. Space Command, within U.S. Strategic Command, following the same model as U.S. Cyber Command.
SN Military.Space | Space Command No. 2 takes office • NRO leading the way in innovation • Satellite as weapons in infowars
“Corporate advocacy and stewardship for Air Force space missions and capabilities.” That, in a nutshell, is the job description for Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, who last Thursday became Air Force Space Command vice commander.
The new vice commander Lt. Gen. Thompson will help Gen. Raymond advance Air Force Space Command issues in D.C.
SN Military.Space | Lockheed going after future SBIRS; USAF to bring warrior mentality to space; DARPA’s plan to kill Battlestar Galactica
One of Lockheed Martin’s most prized military satellite programs is being nixed by the Air Force as the military seeks to transition to more resilient, less expensive systems.