The U.S. Air Force is facing a strategic inflection point in terms of how it pursues satellite communications in an increasingly contested space environment. The service launched its fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency mission aboard the Atlas V rocket by the United Launch Alliance on October 17, 2018, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Space Launch Complex-41.  United Launch Alliance
Lt. Gen. John Thompson, USAF, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center and commander, Air Force Space Command, is emphasizing a renewed interest in international partnership to help shoulder the cost of and bring innovation to the U.S. military’s satellite communications.

The Air Force Restructures its Space and Missile Systems Center

January 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
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Confronting a contested space environment and the need to innovate faster, the SMC is pursuing a reorganization involving its contracting and decision-making approaches to improve the nation’s defense-related satellite communications.

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