US Air Force Increases Focus on Space
by Staff Writers for Satcom Frontier
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 13, 2018
he U.S. Air Force has its focus set on space these days, as evidenced by its recently released Fiscal Year 2019 budget and an ongoing review of the military's space operations. Both look promising.
"The Air Force's FY-19 budget accelerates our efforts to deter, defend and prevail against anyone who seeks to deny our ability to freely operate in space," Gen. John "Ray" Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, was quoted in an article in Space News.
Sandra Erwin, the writer of the article, went on to say:
"The unclassified space budget the Air Force unveiled in February includes $8.5 billion for investments in new systems - $5.9 billion in the research and development accounts, and $2.6 billion for procurement of satellites and launch services, according to a service official.
The 2019 request is 7.1 percent more than the Air Force sought for 2018. Over the next five years, the Air Force projects to invest $44.3 billion in space systems - $31.5 billion in research and development, and $12.8 billion in procurement. That would mark an 18-percent increase over the $37.5 billion five-year plan submitted last year."
Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is leading a congressionally mandated review of the military's space forces that will culminate in a final report on how the U.S. military can go about establishing a separate department in charge of space-a space force, if you will. The report will be filed by Dec. 31.
In a recent interim report submitted to the Congressional defense committees, Shanahan provided a glimpse of how he plans to reorganize national security space programs and offices. Additionally, "The report is highly critical of the current acquisition system for space systems. It points out that today's processes slow down modernization at a time when U.S. access and use of space capabilities are being threatened by foreign adversaries," Erwin wrote in another article in SpaceNews.
"The biggest challenge we face is the acquisition system, which needs to improve dramatically," Defense Department spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told SpaceNews.
According to the report, the DoD will review the industrial base for space "with an eye toward increasing innovation and reducing risk... Currently the industrial base for space is fragmented and underutilized. The department will seek a new mix of industry and academic partners to dramatically improve DoD space capabilities."
Shanahan may be just the person to help facilitate the much-needed improvements. Prior to becoming Deputy Secretary of Defense, Shanahan served as senior vice president, Supply Chain and Operations, for Boeing. He spent over three decades with the company, including time as senior vice president of Commercial Airline programs during which he managed profit and loss for the 737, 747, 767, 777, and 787 programs.
With his solid background in the private sector, there's good reason to hope that Shanahan will open the door to increased industry cooperation within the DoD. Doing so will enable the department to better take advantage of commercial innovation, like high-throughput satellites (HTS), while maintaining its leadership in space.
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