PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., April 12, 2016 (USAF PR) — General John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, announced the command’s Space Enterprise Vision here today. The SEV is the result of an AFSPC-commissioned study that looked at how to make the nation’s national security space enterprise more resilient.
The August 2015 SEV study addressed the findings of several previous studies that identified the U.S. space enterprise is not resilient enough to be successful in a conflict that extends to space. The SEV also recognizes that acquisition and programmatic decisions can no longer occur in mission area stovepipes, but must instead be driven by an overarching space mission enterprise context. (more…)
Former United Launch Allaicne Vice President Brett Tobey’s recent remarks about competition with SpaceX not only cost him his job, but they have now led to a federal investigation. The Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector posted the following statement on its website:
At the request of the Secretary of Defense, the OIG DoD has opened an investigation regarding assertions made by United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) former Vice-President of Engineering relating to competition for national security space launch and whether contracts to ULA were awarded in accordance with DoD and Federal regulations.
This investigation will include, but is not limited to, site visits, interviews, and documentation review with DoD and ULA personnel.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has been a fierce critic of ULA, called for the investigation after Tobey’s commented that “bent over backwards” to help ULA compete for launch contracts against rival SpaceX.
The National Security Space Strategy released today responds to the realities of a space environment that is increasingly crowded, challenging and competitive, said senior Defense Department officials.
â€œThe National Security Space Strategy represents a significant departure from past practice,â€ Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in a DOD news release issued today. â€œIt is a pragmatic approach to maintain the advantages we derive from space while confronting the new challenges we face.â€