Gen. David Goldfein: Separate Space Force Would Slow Down USAF Efforts to Counter Threats

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David Goldfein

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has said the move to separate space activities through the establishment of an independent “space corps” would impede the service branch’s efforts to address orbital threats, Space News reported Friday.

“As we make this transition from a benign to a warfighting environment… any move that actually ends up separating space as opposed to integrating space, I would argue is a move in the wrong direction,” Goldfein said in his Wednesday testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subpanel.

“Right now, to get focused on a large organizational change would actually slow us down,” he added.

The Senate subcommittee hearing came after the Government Accountability Office issued a report that says “fragmented responsibilities” within the Defense Department have posed a challenge to the way DoD oversees the acquisition of satellites and other military space platforms.

Goldfein, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2017, noted the acquisition process should be streamlined and that the military branch needs a single individual to manage and implement space-related acquisitions and contracts, the report added.

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