by Maj. Christina Hoggatt
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
4/22/2013 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Air
Force Space Command's Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and
Analyses, Brigadier General Roger W. Teague, presented the Acquisition
Luncheon keynote address April 11 during the 29th National Space
Symposium held here at the Broadmoor hotel.
Speaking to a room of both government and commercial acquisition
experts, Brig. Gen. Teague discussed the challenges of the emerging
national security space environment during an extremely tight fiscal
He said innovation, resiliency and affordability will be the keys to
moving ahead in today's fiscal environment, while still preparing for
and investing in the future.
In fact, he pointed out how the acquisition professionals at the Space
and Missile Systems Center have already made great strides in support of
this objective by streamlining the acquisition plans and strategies for
follow-on buys of Advanced Extremely High Frequency -5/6, Space-Based
Infrared System-5/6 and Global Positioning System III.
"Through innovative strategies, smart application of risk reduction and
lessons learned, SMC realized $985 million in cost reductions and
savings in these programs," Brig. Gen. Teague said. "These savings were
really generated by an intense focus in four areas: improving governance
and leaning out processes; reducing staffing and streamlining
organizations; tackling production contract costs; and examining on an
event by event basis, all elements of test risk in production process."
He said SMC will focus on the initiatives in those four areas to
continue to target an additional $600 million in cost reductions
"We will strive to make space systems more affordable by targeting cost
reductions across 20 major contracts and drive down production and
sustainment costs," the general said. "While we are faced with
significant challenges, this also represents an opportunity."
Speaking to opportunities, the general mentioned the success of the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload program.
"This program paved the way to demonstrate improved mission resiliency
through disaggregation," he said. "While CHIRP was a tech demo effort,
its success reinforces the critical need to preserve our Space
Modernization funding lines in both SBIRS and AEHF programs."
Identifying the dramatic changes in the space environment and the budget
over the past 20 years, the general pointed out the importance of
change and flexibility.
"Today's approach relies largely on a small number of large, extremely
capable multifunction satellites," Brig. Gen. Teague said. "Given the
evolving space environment, we believe we need to aggressively pursue
resilient solutions that could potentially operate through contested
environments and give us cheaper alternatives to replenish architectures
should our capabilities be lost."