These are worrisome times for America’s space warriors. Russia and China are developing diverse ways of degrading or destroying U.S. national-security spacecraft, and the Air Force must respond. It can’t do things the old way, because that will take too long. Speed is of the essence. The service is already taking advantage of so-called “section 804” authorities to rapidly field new space systems, but it needs to do more. Among other things, it needs to align government and industry incentives to encourage greater speed in development; provide a roadmap that focuses innovation; sustain a robust supply chain through better buying practices; embrace open architectures; and work with what it already has in its toolbox to get a head start on becoming more resilient. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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