A Year Later: A Report Card - Any Outside-the -Box Thinking?
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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Managing for tomorrow requires some thinking out-of-the-box to develop and implement vision for the future. Four space sectors--civil, commercial, international and national security--are putting space infrastructure in place today and in the immediate future. These investments will help shape the avenues of commerce for the 21st century. Within the U.S., cooperation among the Civil and National Security sectors is essential if we are to increase the capabilities of our space infrastructure while meeting the goals of fiscal restraint necessary for the economic health and security of the nation. More importantly, cooperation with the commercial and international sectors will serve to not only reduce the space infrastructure capitalization needs, but bind the participants more closely together-a fundamental tenet of our National Security Strategy of engagement. DOD, having been a leader in developing and fielding a significant part of the space infrastructure, shares an important role in providing leadership on this path toward greater intersector cooperation. This years budget numbers confirm this view. The total National Security space budget is about 14 billion. Of this, the Air Force space budget is about 10 percent of their discretionary total obligational authority. Aside from the decrease associated with the space-based portion of the old Strategic Defense Initiative, the defense space budget is remaining fairly constant. One exception is the additional 100 million in the fiscal year 1998 budget and an additional 509 million over the future years defense plan to accelerate the Space and Missile Tracking System-the low component of the Space-Based Infra Red System-moving the first launch from FY 2006 to FY 2004.
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