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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Aims to Ensure Space Dominance Through ‘Right’ Technical Product, Capability

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Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the Defense Department wants to choose and deploy the “right” technical platform and capability in order to ensure the country’s military edge in the space domain, DoD News reported Friday.

“And when you pick the wrong product, no matter how talented the team or how many resources there are, you lose,” Shanahan said Aug. 27 at the U.S. Air Force’s space and missile systems center in California.

“Acquisition is a huge enabler, but getting the product right is, in my mind, the most important thing we can do.”

He cited some of the department’s priorities for command and control, space situational awareness, Missile Defense Agency and the proposed space force.

“If you want to know what I think about the Space Force [it’s this]: How do we deliver warfighting capability more quickly?” he added.

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