4/2/2013 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPS) -- Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after today's restructure of Air Force Space Command's Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is
part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing
and realigning like missions to AFSPC and to Air Combat Command's U.S.
Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB, Nev. The Secretary of the Air
Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force announced to Congress in
November 2011 the Air Force intent to restructure the SIDC.
AFSPC and ACC jointly restructured the Space Innovation and Development
Center as part of an ongoing Air Force effort to increase efficiencies,
reduce overhead and eliminate redundancy. Effective today, the existing
SIDC structure will transition to become several
Operating Locations at Schriever AFB under ACC's United States Air Force
Warfare Center, headquartered at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Air
Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities program, the
Distributed Mission Operations Center - Space, the 17th Test Squadron,
and the 25th Space Range Squadron will transfer to USAFWC but will
remain operational at Schriever AFB.
The 595th Space Group and its 595th Operations Support Flight will
inactivate. The 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron will remain in AFSPC
but transfer to the 50th Operations Group at Schriever AFB.
The Advanced Space Operations School will become a Field Operating
Agency reporting directly to the AFSPC Director of Air, Space and
Cyberspace Operations. ASoPS has relocated to Peterson AFB and resides
in the new Moorman Space Education and Training Center.
Airmen and civilians assigned to SIDC are responsible to fully integrate
space capabilities into the operational battlespace. Their mission is
to advance full-spectrum warfare through rapid innovation, integration,
training, testing and experimentation.
Early in the planning stages, 106 SIDC Air Force civilian employee
positions were identified as surplus in an effort to increase
efficiencies, reduce overhead and eliminate redundancy.
Beginning in the fall of 2011, local Air Force civilian personnel
offices began offering the first of two rounds of Voluntary Early
Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments.
These programs were offered to all eligible employees in identified
positions who wanted to retire early or be offered a financial incentive
to leave their position. In addition to VERA/VSIP,
Air Force leaders have been working diligently to reassign personnel to valid vacant positions.
As of today, approximately 20 employees are still in identified surplus
positions. Civilian personnel offices and local leadership are working
to offer management reassignment beyond Schriever AFB and considering
additional efforts to support the remaining employees.
SIDC organizations work together to conduct wargaming; integrate space
into exercises and experiments; rapidly prototype, field and exploit
integrated air, space and cyberspace capabilities; provide advanced
space testing, training and range Infrastructure; and execute
AFSPC Force Development Evaluation and Operational Test programs.
The USAFWC is the sole Air Force organization responsible to facilitate
development and integration of operational and tactical warfighting
capabilities for all Air and Space Component Commanders. Based on
USAFWC's mission, ACC and AFSPC agreed that aside from specified
space-centric missions, the bulk of SIDC's responsibilities best fit
under USAFWC as the Air Force's sole Warfare Center with responsibility
to support all major commands.
Aligning like missions under a single headquarters allows the missions to better respond to future Air Force requirements.
The SIDC realignment and restructure is not related to sequestration actions, nor the current budget climate.