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Space Force: A Cautionary Tale And An Opportunity

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By Irene Klotz | July 4, 2018  |  Aviation Week & Space Technology


On the subject of creating a new U.S. entity to oversee national security space, one thing everyone agrees on is that operational support for military missions needs to continue seamlessly, a lesson learned after the Air Force split off from the Army during World War II. 

“When the Air Force broke off from the Army, it focused mainly on the strategic mission. It took us 34 years—Operation Desert Storm—to get back to really good, close air support,” says Col. Russell Teehan, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and commander of Phillips Research Site at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.  

“Through my entire career I have watched the space enterprise struggle with integration in the multidomain. You watch the chief of staff and many of the generals try to figure out how to seamlessly stitch the space community into a networked architecture. In my opinion, that will [be] harder at first as we start to figure out: What does a ‘Space Force’ look like? What are the primary missions?” Teehan said at the NewSpace conference in Seattle June 26.  

The gathering’s focus was on bleeding-edge space companies, but President Donald Trump’s call a week prior to create a sixth, separate branch of the military services devoted exclusively to space prompted more than one panel discussion at NewSpace.  READ MORE...

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