Space Industrial Base? The Answer is Right in Front of You, Mr. Secretary

At the recent Air Force Association’s annual symposium, Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond shifted his attention to the industrial base of the last 40 years, which has not kept pace with what he deems necessary to address the dynamic and amoral enemies we find ourselves at odds with yet again. In contrast to the old space community, that for years scratched its head at defense acquisitions, Gen. Raymond’s common sense solution seems to echo that of the new space community: “The big focus area for us this year, and for the next decade, is shifting our space architecture to a new, more resilient (hybrid) architecture by the design of the force.” To the commercial space community, those words are a welcome sign and open acknowledgement of the growing demand for next generation smallsat solutions.