More than 300 leaders from across the intelligence, defense, academic and R&D communities gathered at the Renaissance Capitol View hotel for the January 28 Leadership Dinner with General Jay Raymond, Commander, Air Force Space Command. View event photos.
Highlights from General Raymond’s remarks include:
- Recognition that our adversaries are actively competing with us daily in space just below the level of armed conflict…and a recognition that we need to compete using the full range of national power -- Diplomatic, Information, Military and Economics.
- AFSPC is actively enhancing partnerships with the intelligence community, industry, and allied partners. Unlike our potential near-peer adversaries, the United States is not going at it alone in space.
- Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC) new 2.0 acquisition approach is paying dividends - speed and agility is a reality.
- In future conflicts, both the U.S. and our potential adversaries will depend on space-based assets. It is critical that we maintain space domain awareness, which requires a tight integration of persistence, on-demand remote sensing, and unimpeded data flow and integration.
- The standup of U.S. Space Command will sharpen the focus on integrating with the Geographic Combatant Commanders, protecting and defending the space domain, and enhancing the development of space warfighters.
- A future U.S. Space Command will require strong intelligence support. The DoD is already planning for the USSPACECOM J2 function to include a Joint Intelligence Operations Center.
- Seeing talented workers in private and public sector wanting to get into the space business. Even though competition for a skilled workforce continues to be a challenge, the excitement is building.
Plans are underway for the next Leadership Dinner, which should take place in early Q2. Click here for details on upcoming INSA events.
Thanks to all our sponsors who helped make this event possible.