Winston Beauchamp on what DoD is looking for in new satellite programs
In the last nine months, the Pentagon has overhauled its space governance structure, studied how to best reclassify some of its most secretive satellite programs and kicked off a the new process for evaluating next-generation satellite programs.
The push comes from Bob Work, the deputy secretary of defense, as the Pentagon responds to emerging threats from Russia and China to the United States’ national security satellites. But Winston Beauchamp, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space, is the man responsible for implementing the changes.
In a wide-ranging interview with SpaceNews, Beauchamp, who also serves as the director of staff for the Principal DoD Space Adviser, explains those moves as well as which space issues the Defense Department is studying this summer as part of the Space Portfolio Review, what the Pentagon has learned from a new joint space operations center with the intelligence community and the role of hosted payloads.