COLORADO SPRINGS — It’s been a dizzying news cycle since President Trump ordered the Pentagon in June to establish a Space Force and signed a directive in December to stand up U.S. Space Command. The Pentagon in February dropped a legislative proposal, followed by a budget request in March and a push to sell the plan to skeptical lawmakers. In the midst of all that, the president nominated Gen. John Raymond to lead U.S. Space Command, and the acting secretary of defense signed into existence the Space Development Agency.
Meanwhile, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles that oversees most military space acquisitions is undergoing its largest reorganization in decades — known as SMC 2.0 — the details of which are still being ironed out.
Government officials, space and defense industry executives are gathering this week at the 35th Space Symposium and the burning question that many are asking is what all this means for the space business. Further, they wonder who ultimately will be in charge of key decisions such as what technologies the military will buy and what programs will get funded.
Industry contractors dislike ambiguity about who calls the shots in military programs, ...