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Officials from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition briefed AIA’s Space Council during its Feb. 25 meeting on the military space fiscal 2012 budget and a new acquisition initiative called the Evolutionary Acquisition for Space Efficiency (EASE) approach.
Technicians examine a Defense Department communications satellite. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin.
EASE is designed to increase stability and efficiency in the space industrial base and follows recommendations in AIA’s recent report, Tipping Point: Maintaining the Health of the National Security Space Industrial Base. According to the report, without acquisition strategies that promote stability and industrial base health, the aerospace industry faces a very real danger of losing skills and capabilities critical to maintaining our nation’s edge in the national security space domain.
AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commended the new initiative. “The EASE acquisition approach will utilize block buys that can help secure efficiencies and provide needed predictability to our space industry suppliers.” She added, “This approach is also vital to ensuring stable R&D funding so that our nation’s industry can continue to lead the world in space technology innovation.”
National security space systems are the bedrock of our 21st century military capabilities and part of our economy’s critical infrastructure. We need to maintain the vitality of our space programs and our space industrial base to prevent irreparable harm to our national economic and security interests.
In addition to supporting the Defense Department’s fiscal 2012 space budget request, the association is concerned that failure to complete an appropriations 2011 bill could negatively impact some of the positive space acquisition initiatives proposed in next year’s budget request.
AIA Source: mike.conschafter[at]aia-aerospace.org