COLORADO SPRINGS — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson did not want to directly respond to the jabs lobbed at the service for the slow pace of space acquisitions.
“We’re moving much faster, we’re stripping years out of acquisitions,” she told SpaceNews on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day at the 35th Space Symposium, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan delivered a keynote speech peppered with criticism about the way space systems are procured today. Shanahan did not mention the Air Force specifically, but he didn’t have to. The service is in charge of most of the military’s space programs, and his speech included phrases like “we need to move with urgency” … “the Department is not moving fast enough to stay ahead” … “the market has shifted and our old business model won’t survive.”
Wilson did not have an explanation for why the Air Force gets a bad rap even though, as she often points out, the U.S. military’s space systems are the world’s best. “If there’s an entity in the Defense Department that has a foot on the accelerator of acquisition, it’s the Air Force,” she said. “Just in the last 10 months, we stripped over 21 years out of our ...