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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  August 26, 2010

Air Force Announces Changes to Headquarters Air Force Space Management and Organization

The Air Force today announced the realignment of some Headquarters Air Force space functions, following the recent completion of a review of Headquarters Air Force space management and responsibilities, which was directed by Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley in December 2009.

            In a memorandum signed today, Donley reinforced some existing alignments and directed several changes to Air Force Headquarters space organization.  This would include the identification of the under secretary of the Air Force as the focal point for space within the Headquarters Air Force, with responsibility for coordination of functions and activities across the Air Force space enterprise, and the realignment of space acquisition from the under secretary of the Air Force’s office to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

            “These decisions will allow us to perform our space work in a more streamlined and effective way, with our ultimate goal of providing the best space support to the warfighter,” said Donley in the memorandum.  “We recognize the importance and criticality of space not only for the Air Force, but for all our joint military and inter-agency partners, and with these changes I believe the Air Force and our headquarters will be better organized to carry out this vital work.”

            The review was focused on Headquarters Air Force, so it did not address any changes within field organizations such as Air Force Space Command or the Space and Missile Systems Center.  Richard W. McKinney, who was recently named deputy under secretary for space programs, led the review that involved more than 70 interviews with key individuals and organizations from the Air Force, DoD, Congress, and other space related government, commercial, and international organizations.

            Both the review and Donley’s memorandum are available to media within this press release.  For more information the media may also contact the Air Force Press Desk at 703-695-0640.

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