AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
The U.S. military is starting a new era of space exploration and development in the fiscal year 2020. The leading edge of space must be sharp and have the focus to meet the unique challenges of defending Earth from any threats from space while also researching and developing new technologies. This requires a united front between the U.S. military and the commercial industry. The next twenty years will shape the future of the U.S. military and the commercial industry that have interests in space. The U.S. military near-peers of China, Russia, and Iran continue to become active in space programs, which requires the U.S. military to confront the increased risk and threats across the space domain. The commercial industry is working to establish space programs that are projected to create a trillion dollars in revenue by 2040. However, both approaches must culminate in a united space where the U.S. military and commercial sectors work together to harness innovation in space systems and programs, including research and development. To better align programs, reduce costs but, always also protect and defend the U.S. The Air Force has the unique opportunity to unite the Air Force and the Space Force military and commercial industry systems and programs now that critical legislation has appointed an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration. This is an opportunity for the Air Force to launch the Space Force infused with a rich heritage of innovation and excellence but, modernized to take-off in this newest version of the space frontier.