Air Force Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of the Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, second from left, speaks with reporters April 11, 2019, at the 35th Space Symposium.  Credit: Keith Johnson
Atlas Space Operations operates a cloud-based ground network for satellite downlink as well as telemetry, tracking and control. This image shows  the Atlas Freedom Ground Network's operational and planned sites. Credit: Atlas
The U.S. Air Force’s AEHF-4 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, Oct. 17 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: United Launch Alliance
Retired Air Force Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks with Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center Aug. 27, 2018. Credit: DoD
Aerospace Corp. headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. Credit: Aerospace Corp.
U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson speaks during the Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar, Washington, D.C., July 24, 2018. The Air Force has continuously placed an emphasis on school age dependent education because of a direct correlation with family resilience/readiness to maintain a willingness of families to continue to support their Airman sponsors wherever they are asked to serve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)
Deanna Ryals, chief partnership officer of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, speaks at the 2018 Global MilSatcom conference. Credit: SpaceNews
RL10 hotfire test
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Commander of Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, speaks at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 6, 2018.  Thompson shared his thoughts on ways to provide better cyber protection for space assets.  The symposium is a national forum for industry and government to collaborate to help meet challenges of cyber security, cyber readiness, and national defense.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Dave Grim)
Falcon Heavy demo flight
David Davis, chief systems engineer for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, is exploring the implications the military's focus on resilience will have on satellite building and testing. Credit: Space Tech Expo
Launch of Atlas 5 SBIRS GEO-2 from Cape Canaveral AFS. Credit: United Launch Alliance
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson in conversation with SpaceNews at the 34th Space Symposium on April 18, 2018. Credit: SpaceNews
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