Monday, August 18, 2008

What next for military space?

The top-level Allard Commission has come out for a thorough restructuring of American military space efforts. They argue there is currently no central authority or responsibility and a dismal acquisition system, among other problems. They propose a radical restructuring including abolishing the National Reconnaissance Office.

COMMENT: There's not much to disagree with here. "Black world" and "white world" space were properly given separate agencies over 45 years ago, but the separation makes little sense today. Here's hoping this report gets written into policy... though the record of intelligent recommendations being adopted is not very good, either.

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