Military Payloads Hosted on Commercial Satellites: How Can the Space and Missile Systems Center Increase the Number of Commercially Hosted Military Payload Contract Awards
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB
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Though Pres. Barack Obama and the Air Force Space Commands AFSPC top general officers have advocated for the use of commercially hosted military payloads CHMP, only one CHMP contract has been awarded by the Air Force. This paper answers the question, how can AFSPC and the Space and Missile Systems Center SMC increase the number of CHMP contract awards Using a problemsolution framework, I examine the acquisition cultural and policy challenges that impede CHMP solutions and choose a solution which could potentially increase the number of CHMP contract awards. I analyze solutions such as awarding an indefinite-deliveryindefinite-quantity hosted payload contract vehicle by SMC, leveraging the Education with Industry program, and issuing an Air Force instruction on CHMPs. The instruction would include an addendum to Directive-Type Memorandum 09-025, Space Systems Acquisition Policy.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Economics and Cost Analysis