Space Force takes extra time organizing acquisitions command

Gen. David Thompson said that the new Space System Command should be established in 2021 The United States Space Force plans to incorporate some space procurement programs into a single Space System Command. It’s also finding the assignment more multiplex and time-consuming than initially envisaged, said a senior official on 1st Oct.

The Space Force outlined in June that it will stand up a Space Systems Command to superintend the acquisition and development of next-generation technologies.  The U.S Space Force space operation vice chief, Gen. David Thompson, stated that a new command would be set up in 2021, but he didn’t provide a specific time. He stated that the Space Force would not hurry as it requires more time to puzzle out how to put together this new command.

Further, he said that there are multiple complicated moves on the realignment of the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency. Barbara Barrett, the Air Force Secretary, had pressed for the pass on of SDA to then Space Force in advance of the set congressionally 2022 Oct. deadline. However, Thompson said that the SDA move wouldn’t be rushed. 

With Space Systems Command, “we are progressing fast but though not as fast as we do on other commands,” said David Thompson. The Space Force needs to understand how the Space Rapid Capabilities Office, SDA, Army, and Navy conduct their business to develop a plan of working together with existing organizations such as Space and Missile Systems Center.

That’s the reason they are not moving as faster to stand it up. That means they have to take a deeper look at different organizations’ operations and how they complement each other without duplicating each other. Further, Thompson said that the Space Force needs to understand how these organizations provide systems, support, and compete with each other. 

He also said that competition among agencies is very helpful, helping them develop new operating approaches, concepts, and ideas. That’s a lot of what they expect and projecting out of the SDA to effectively and constructively brings in disruptive ideas, technologies, and operating contests concepts. 

Working hand-in-hand with the private sector

Thompson acknowledged that he is aware of the coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout on the commercial space sector. Therefore, he would like the Space Force to one of the best customers in the industry. He also said that they need to communicate effectively to the sector about their needs without forgetting what is expected of them. Besides, they are trying to finalize agreements that will allow them to purchase data relay communications, among other services offered by commercial providers in low Earth orbit.

Further, he stated that the same logic applies to small-launch services, and small satellite launch providers are beneficial. As small launch providers require some assurance from the government, he said that they ought to be sending consistent signals to them to count on revenue stream and partnership.