US Air Force Changing Space Acquisition Plans

April 19, 2012

op U.S. Air Force officials mapped out a new approach to buying satellites and related equipment that aims to tap the talent of smaller aerospace firms and spur big companies to get new capabilities on orbit more quickly and cheaply.

Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz urged big U.S. aerospace companies on Thursday to stay focused on cutting costs and keeping schedules on track, but said the military should also deal more directly with smaller, more agile, companies.

Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander of the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, told executives that tighter budgets were forcing a new approach, especially given the military's reliance on satellites for everything from communications to targeting and weather information. 

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