Is the Air Force prepared to meet the U.S. military’s requirements in space?

Forbes contributor Loren Thompson claims that “one part of the Air Force’s space community doesn’t seem to know what the other part is doing.”

General John Hyten, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, recently stated that the U.S. would stop concentrating its investments in small numbers of extremely expensive satellites.

The new vision was supposedly to procure larger numbers of cheaper satellites (thus ensuring that America’s capabilities couldn’t be easily compromised by the destruction of a few).

But per Hyten, the directorate that runs space launches doesn’t seem to be in sync with these plans. One problem he highlights is that the Air Force’s plans to duplicate capability of existing, time-tested rockets with a new, much riskier methane-based Vulcan rocket.

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