Colorado Springs, Colo. The commander of Air Force Space Command this week announced a new plan this week for how the Air Force should build a space force that is resilient and responsive to threats in space. On Tuesday, Gen. John Hyten told attendees at the 32nd Space Symposium here that right now, “we don’t have a resilient enterprise,” and so space command must organize, train, and equip for resilience in a threat environment. “We have to do business a different way,” he said. Hyten rolled out the Space Enterprise Vision in a classified session, but said in a press release that the future space enterprise “will maintain our nation’s ability to deliver critical space effects throughout all phases of conflict. Operating as an enterprise as opposed to a set of independent platforms improves resiliency and is critical to the ability to survive and deliver effects in a contested environment.” The vision is the result of a study AFSPC commissioned to look at how to make national security space more resilient.
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.