DOD Space Management and USCINCSPACE: Getting Ready for the Second Round
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The DOD Space Management Initiatives in 1994 and 95 established oversight of military space programs by establishing a Deputy Under Secretary for Space and a number of offices and agencies. In four years many changes have occurred and the DOD is in the process of restudying military space management. One particular office, the DOD Space Architect was to integrate space architectures and systems and achieve efficiencies in acquisition and future operations. Many of the architects responsibilities resemble or duplicate USSPACECOM activities. In any new round of management initiatives, DOD strategic planning and acquisition for military space should maximize the responsibilities and functions already assigned to USCINCSPACE, rather than maintain overlapping and redundant bureaucratic offices. Overall analysis of the DOD Management Initiatives show layering and overlapping responsibilities in terms of developing military space architecture and overseeing acquisitions. Specific analysis of the DOD Space Architects charter and USSPACECOMs mission and organization show redundancy and duplication of two standing military activities. This analysis and a comparison of activities performed by peer functional CINCs support greater evolvement by USCINCSPACE in the overall management of military space.
- Administration and Management