Shanahan would have to recuse himself from any matters that would affect Boeing's business, such as aircraft and satellite procurements, and space launch policy,
Lord said Virgin Orbit is "an example of the type of companies I think we need to cultivate.”
Aerospace CEO Isakowitz: The government traditionally buys a bus, payload and ground segment as a package, he said. That does not give you flexibility to swap out and change pieces.
During a Q&A session at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit to promote the space industry as an engine of innovation and economic growth, Griffin said he does not know when or how a new military branch will be organized.
The plan has drawn criticism and stirred questions about why DoD is creating a new agency to do what existing space procurement organizations already do in the Air Force, the Army, the Navy and the intelligence community.
Defense officials acknowledge that rearranging budget priorities is like turning around a battleship.
Frank Rose, former assistant secretary of state for arms control, said funding for space security, missile defense sand nuclear weapons are going to be key “points of friction” because the administration the new Congress.
Shanahan on the Space Force legislation: “What I feel confident about is that the proposal that we are going to carry forward makes sense.”
In a keynote speech at AUSA, Shanahan called on the Army to change how it buys technology for its future force, especially in newer areas of warfare like cyber and space.
White House report: Defense industry faces ‘unprecedented challenges,’ China’s ‘economic aggression’ a threat to national security
DoD business practices, market trends, globalization and manufacturing costs make “future access to space qualified domestic industrial sources uncertain.”
As the military sometimes must operate in contested environments, they will need more resilient communications system to overcome any intentional interference.
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Griffin: "The bumper sticker version of my job is that I don’t have anything to do with anything that the Defense Department is currently buying. "
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