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Heather Wilson: Air Force to Share Space Education With Partners, Streamline Acquisition Process

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U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced at the 34th Space Symposium that the service will share its educational courses on space with U.S. partners starting in 2019 as part of the National Defense Strategy.

The Air Force said Wednesday its National Security Space Institute at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado will teach allies about collision avoidance and de-orbit and re-entry operations, as well as additional courses that include one about space situational awareness.

“We will strengthen our alliances and attract new partners not just by sharing data for monitoring, but by training and working closely with each other in space operations,” said Wilson, a 2018 Wash100 recipient.

She added that the Air Force will establish an office that will help modify and streamline the service’s acquisition process for space systems.

The military branch requested $156.3 billion in its 2019 budget proposal for initiatives that will further secure space systems, as well as for the transition to multidomain operations.

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