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Space Force Eyes Rapid Tech Procurement Approaches

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The U.S. Space Force is looking to host a business-pitch event, work with industry consortia and adopt a middle-tier acquisition model in efforts to accelerate the branch's commercial technology buying process, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of USSF's Space and Missile Systems Center, and other service leaders want to build on previous anti-jamming satellite technology collaboration with the Space Enterprise Consortium to produce other platforms.

Thompson said the branch is also considering using a rapid prototyping and fielding model under Section 804 of the Fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

The Department of Defense (DOD) released in late 2019 a guide on middle-tier acquisition procedures that call for DOD components and their industry partners to complete projects within five years when they apply the contracting method.

USSF plans to host its inaugural pitch day in spring to collect technology ideas from the private sector, the report noted.

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