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One reason to create a Space Development Agency? Bring the military services together

8 Nov 2018, 16:23 UTC
One reason to create a Space Development Agency? Bring the military services together
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LONDON — The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, responsible for buying 90 percent of the military’s space systems, is being reorganized to meet new demands driven by threats to U.S. satellites.
A realignment of the SMC organization, known as SMC 2.0, has been underway for several months and will be completed next year. Still unknown is how SMC might be affected by the establishment of a U.S. Space Development Agency. The Pentagon has recommended standing up a new agency to take over the development of next-generation space systems and work more closely with the commercial space industry.
Deanna Ryals, chief partnership officer at SMC, said a Space Development Agency could be a valuable addition to the military space enterprise.
SMC manages $6 billion a year worth of space programs. It has 1,200 government employees and works with two to three times that many support contractors.
“I think we’ll be hearing from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in the next couple of months on where things are going with this,” Ryals said during a panel discussion at the 2018 Global MilSatcom conference.
Shanahan is drafting a legislative proposal following orders from President Trump to establish a Space Force as ...

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