Government Matters convened a panel of experts to discuss what the latest Space Force news means for the Pentagon, industry, and current operations.
Last week, the National Space Council announced their recommendations to make the Space Force transition happen as smoothly as possible. These include re-establishing U.S. Space Command, and launching a new acquisition program designed for space tech. Government Matters convened a panel to discuss what the council’s advice means for the Pentagon, industry, and current operations. Dave Harden, chief operating officer of AFWERX– “We are exploring tech accelerators on the west coast to get after some of the space elements. It is about bringing new contracting approaches really for us getting over some of those traditional barriers we’ve had of long cycle times. I think it’s an exciting time. What is cool is that we are getting after it today, because we recognize that it is going to be a game changer in the future.” Bill Beyer, lead of space practice at Deloitte– “Acquisitions is a big deal. Small companies aren’t going to base their entire business plan on ‘I’m going to do businesses with the government’ because by the time you do that, you will be out of business. It takes 18 months to 2 years to get something procured. The importance of the space construct and the opportunity to start anew is actually to create faster mechanisms to acquire talent. This is a war on talent, not just technology.” Megan Metzger, CEO of Dcode– “People think of NASA and they think of AFWERX and they are doing amazing things to accelerate space. There’s 12 other agencies that also invest in space tech… There’s tons of agencies that have an active need to recruit tech… The government has two different roles. A lot of what the administration is working on is how do you make space a more viable industry and improve the commerce of space outright. The venture capital investments are really increasing in the private sector space industry. Then the second role of the government is to actually bring that tech in.”