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1010 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1010

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19 DEC 1997

MEMORANDUM FOR

SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS
CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
UNDER SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE
DIRECTOR, DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING
ASSISTANT SECRETARIES OF DEFENSE
GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DIRECTOR, OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION
ASSISTANTS TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE AGENCIES
DIRECTORS OF THE DOD FIELD ACTIVITIES

SUBJECT: Department of Defense Reform Initiative Directive #11 – Reorganization of DoD Space Management Responsibilities

     The Defense Reform Initiative disestablished the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Space and realigned DoD space management responsibilities within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Military Departments. Although the report transferred space policy functions to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the specific course of action for the remaining DoD space architecture, acquisition, requirements and technology program activities remain to be defined.

     I have asked the Commander in Chief, U.S. Space Command and the Director, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to prepare a coordinated proposal that would propose the realignment of the remaining, non-policy responsibilities of the DUSD (Space), better integrate the functions of the DoD Space Architect with the NRO space architect, and make recommendations for a new streamlined approach to the management and oversight of defense and intelligence space activities. The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense for (C3I), and the Director of the Joint Staff will appoint representatives to work with the Commander of U.S. Space Command and the Director of NRO on this effort.

     The present Joint Space Management Board structure should be used as a point of departure for this task. The proposed effort should reflect the Department’s overall objectives of integrated program planning, efficient resource allocation, and accountable management for this nation’s national security space program.

      The recommendations of this group will be provided to the Defense Management Council by January 30, 1998.

/SIGNED/
John J. Hamre

Addendum

DRID #11: Reorganization of Space Management Responsibilities

The due date for the recommendations of the group to the DMC has been extended from January 30, 1998 to February 27, 1998.